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Ornamental Gardens lie at the centre of the park and include the Flower Garden, originally a rose garden, and now providing a quiet area for admiring stunning annual bedding display and year round interest in its trees and shrubs. The original Walled Kitchen Gardens now provide a home for some of the outdoor botanical collection and the Japanese Garden was created as an apprentice scheme in the 1970s.
The Show House displays examples from the city's temperate and tropical botanical collections. Beside the Flower Garden is the herbaceous border, a traditional feature providing a stunning summer display. The Ha Ha can still be seen in front of the Mansion House and is evidence of the use of the land beyond as a grazing area.
One of the park's two most ancient features is the Allerton Oak. Estimated at 1,000 years old, according to legend the ancient 'Hundred Court' sat beneath its branches. The other is the Calder Stones, relics from an ancient burial ground, which are protected in the Vestibule.
The Text Garden, which was subject of an Arts Council Project, provides a unique feature. Opposite this the visitor can commence the rhododendron walk where there are some unnamed species collected by Kingdom Ward.