Lawson Park is a garden situated on the former farm of eminent Victorian John Ruskin - a challenging, exposed site, 600 feet above sea level on the edge of Grizedale forest, above Lake Coniston in the English Lake District.

The garden is undergoing major changes over 2008, as the Farm becomes the base of Grizedale Arts. The house is being renovated throughout, with the organisation and wardens Karen & Adam moving back in in late 2008 / early 2009.

We are delighted to announce the first ever public opening of the Garden on SUNDAY AUG. 24TH 2008, 12-7pm, in aid if the National Gardens Scheme!
Please check here for detailed information on the Open Day, including important access information.

Though we will keep this website live, we are now developing Lawson Park's new 'official website', so please join us there!

The garden was started on the fellside in 2001 by Karen Guthrie and Adam Sutherland, with an emphasis on seed-grown hardy perennials and contemporary but naturalistic planting.

Karen is an artist and film-maker whilst Adam is the director of Grizedale Arts, a commissioning and residency agency for contemporary art which will be based at the site from 2009.

The first phase of the garden concentrated on creating two large-scale mainly herbaceous borders in the area immediately in front of the house in 2002/3. More recent developments include a woodland garden and kitchen garden.

Over 2007/8 Lawson Park is undergoing a major redevelopment as Grizedale Arts' primary base, with the surrounding land (15 acres) being 'reclaimed' as an experimental smallholding with fruit, vegetables and livestock.

Grizedale Arts
Lawson Park's NEW website

Overview of Lawson Park Garden
Read the Live from Lawson Park gardener's blog
(aka the diary)