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We are pleased to announce that we are open for a winter period during February 2024

We were thrilled that our Garden was filmed for BBC Gardeners’ World Winter Special 2023/24 (episode 4) which was broadcast on 29th December 2023, still available to view. We were so lucky to have Nick Bailey as the presenter. The camera man did a brilliant job capturing the winter light in a really stunning way.

Please do come and join us. With ten open days, our advance booking system is flexible. Open between 11am and 4pm, choose which day and time suits you best to visit according to the weather forecast.  We will close promptly at 4pm, so best arrive before 3pm. 

Further details of our Winter Garden is given below


Our February open dates are planned to coincide with carpets of winter flowering aconites, and a growing display of snowdrops (don’t expect masses but they are multiplying at last!). Several beautiful Gold Collection hellebores will be in flower, particularly in the dolly tubs and urns. Salmon pink cornus and ghostly white rubus stems will be weaving a great show.  The three ornamental grass gardens shimmer and shine out in the sunshine. They can be very dreamy. Other areas to enjoy are the white stemmed Himalayan birch backed by creamy pampas, plus Simon’s specially tiered hollies, a crisp jury scene and a sinuous dragon.  And so much more, the winter walk, the formal garden, containers, mossy kokedamas, scented shrubs, pink pussy willow catkins from Salix Mount Aso, early daffodils, iris etc. 

If the sun shines, it is a magical time here. We have to be led by ground conditions however, as a wet winter can bring slippery muddy surfaces on the grass. We will not open if it has been very wet or there is snow on the ground – pretty as it might be! Crisp and dry would be ideal! 

Please check back regularly for the latest information on our opening dates and times or follow us on Instagram.


Winter Opening Times

Our Winter openings will be on the following dates from 11am-4pm.

  • February Wednesday 7th
  • February Tuesday 13th, Valentine’s Day Wednesday 14th,
  •  February Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th 
  • February Tuesday 20th
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kokedama

Tickets should be purchased in advance. Please select your dates and visit anytime between 11am-4pm.

Refreshments ie tea/coffee and home made cakes will be available in our conservatory and dining room. If weather allows, I might give a kokedama demonstration around midday. In the event of poor weather, including snow, heavy rain, high winds, illness, please just email to rearrange. The tickets will be valid on open days throughout the winter period and transferable to the summer dates as well. Just email me if this happens (I am not referring to the NGS tickets mentioned below).

Summer Opening

Our Summer Opening will commence on April 16th taking us right through to end September. 

For further more detailed information about the spring and summer please check back to see the website as it is updated.


Our Winter Admission Prices

The Winter Entrance fee for Adults is £8, children 4-17 £4, free for infants 3 and under.

Friends Scheme valid from February – September 2024.

Valid for the season from February to end of September 2024; this Friends Scheme gives great value for the named holder(s), as savings start on the third visit (during opening times, except NGS Feb 11th); after this, every visit through to the end of the season is free. 

Single pass £25, Dual pass £50

Note: Once you have purchased the Season Pass for 2024 would you please still book in (for free, using the ‘Season Pass Holder’ ticket option) on the date and time of your choice so that I am aware of numbers.

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Group Visits:

Conditions of Entry

  • Any tickets purchased in advance but not used on the proposed day will be valid until end September 2024.
  • Please email to say of the postponement and then in due course the likely date of visit. It just helps with catering. You will have the QR code so we will still be able to book you in.
  • We welcome dogs on short leads.

About our Winter Garden

Winter is a time when the structure is laid bare and the formal garden with its hornbeam hedges and topiary yew looks a delight. Elsewhere we have stands of colourful cornus, glorious ornamental grass gardens, as well as fun topiary including a jury scene, a winding dragon, peacocks, layered hollies and a figure of John Bunyan! 

Through the cottage garden, beneath the lime trees and in several other places, there are golden carpets of winter flowering aconites; we have a scattering of snowdrops and a border of silver leaved cyclamen. Major stands of white stemmed birch provide great beauty as well as an avenue of eucalyptus. Fragrant shrubs act like a beacon, beckoning us onwards. Winter flowering containers are filled with hellebores and there is a super display of kokedamas including snowdrops, aconites and violas each wrapped in moss and held secure with string.

February is a time to celebrate the beginning of the gardening year. We have 4 acres of winter beauty. This is a precious chance to take a ‘slow walk’ drinking in the sights and sounds, taking that moment to stop and look and be surprised. There is so much to enjoy; from the swishing and swaying of grasses to the simple pleasure of watching the honey bees feasting on the flowers. They are especially fond of aconites and the winter honeysuckle.

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Please check back regularly for the latest information on our opening dates and times or follow us on Instagram.