Donate to our appeal

Our appeal this year is to help us restore, repair and re-paint our beautiful Orchid House that overlooks the whole garden from its raised position at the south end of the colourful Hot Border.

The Orchid House at Helmsley Walled Garden is one of the original glasshouses that would have been part of this working garden at its inception in 1759.  It would have possibly housed quite a range of exotic plants and orchids were just being discovered by some of the big plant hunters in the 18th Century – hence its name!  With no such thing as central heating in private homes, the right conditions to care for such plants could only be created in heated glass houses.

Today its use is a little different, however with a portion of our appeal, we are planning to create a new heating system that should enable us to return at least a small number of orchids to this elegant building, partially returning it to its original use.  Other repairs will include new blinds and a watering system that uses the existing under floor water storage tank.

The Orchid House was originally restored in 2003, back to a good representation of its former glory.  When Alison Ticehurst first began to unearth the garden from years of neglect, it was a skeleton of the building we see today. However it now needs some urgent remedial attention to bring it back to a good standard of repair to enable us to enjoy it into the future.

If you would like to donate to our Orchid House appeal, please use the button below to go straight to our Local Giving page.