What’s happening in 2022
We look forward to welcoming our visitors during the summer and autumn when the garden is bursting with colour and scent. So many bees and butterflies are enjoying the lavender and salvias, the heuchera, valerian, echinops and phlox as well as a myriad of other plants.
We have been creating our garden over the last 33 years yet I am still constantly surprised by the changing seasons and pictures it presents. As we enter the main summer season it seems to be a dancing haven, not just of flowers and grasses but of bees and butterflies and swallows too. The flowering times seem earlier, have the insects caught up? Mid to end July is normally time for the echinaceas to bloom, the first is already out today! Meanwhile the wild flower meadow will soon be rich with scabious. Both these plants are favourites for so many insects. It’s a garden full of wildlife, we are only custodians.
Note: We are celebrating a big birthday with our family on August 23rd so we will NOT be open on that date. However we will be open for morning and afternoon sessions on all other Tuesdays until and including September 27th and also Saturday September 3rd.
Summer Opening Times 10.30am-1pm and 2-4.30pm on the following days:
- Every Tuesday from April 5th until September 27th (except August 23rd)
- Saturday July 30th
- Saturday September 3rd
- For Group visits (15+) please contact Kathy direct via email [email protected]
Friends of Kathy Brown’s Garden New for 2022
Valid for the season from early April to end of September 2022; this Friends season ticket gives great value for the named holder(s), as savings start on the third visit (during opening times, except NGS May 15th); after this, every visit through to the end of the season is free.
Single ticket £22
Dual ticket £40
When to visit 2022
- We will open between 10.30-1pm and 2-4.30pm on each open day with limited numbers to help with the visitor experience and catering. General introductions will be on the lawn at 11.30am and 2.30pm lasting about 15-20 minutes.
- Please decide to come morning or afternoon when it suits you best. For afternoon visitors, best to arrive by 3.30pm as we will close promptly at 4.30pm.
- In sunny weather we have lots of seating on the lawn and around the garden. In rainy weather we have limited shelter to offer.
- Entrance is £8, children 4-17 £4, free for infants 3 and under.
- Tea/coffee/squash/apple juice and Kathy’s home-made cakes will be available to purchase here in the garden in the morning and afternoon.
- Our shop will sell Kathy’s books The Edible Flower Garden £7 and Garden Guide Book £5, plus delightful china mugs and jugs as well as Kathy’s recipe and garden cards. We have a card reader.
- We have lots of free parking.
- Two toilets are available near the car park.
- The Gardeners World Magazine 2 for 1 offer is valid on Tuesdays only, please bring your registration card with you.
Conditions of Entry
- Only people with pre-booked tickets can visit the garden.
- Please show or print out your order confirmation email as proof of ticket reservation.
- Any tickets purchased in advance but not used on the proposed day will be valid for the rest of our summer 2022 season.
- 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.
- Although we love dogs, we have two free range of our own and at this time have a policy of no visiting dogs, thank you for your understanding.
- Additionally, if we have dangerous thunderstorms or very high winds, we will close the garden. Check back on our website before travelling, if in doubt.
About the garden
Spring is the magical time when the garden comes back to life with clouds of cherry blossoms and bulbs. Our orchard is a special joy with the apple and pear tree blossom coinciding with the blue camassias.
In early to mid-April the gleaming white stemmed birch by the drive have a wonderful display of snakeshead fritillaries followed by glorious white Rockii tree peonies.
The two beds opposite are filled with more Rockii peonies whilst another is dedicated to the sumptuous intersectional types. Tree peonies, intersectional and herbaceous peonies provide fantastic interest from end April to early June.
Various wisteria and early Banksiae roses on the house walls provide great beauty through May followed by the wisteria and laburnum arches which generally take centre stage by mid to end May, all underplanted with a mass of purple alliums. Honeysuckle, solanum, poppies and foxgloves join the scene as well…it is a magical time.
The wild flower meadow has a great number of cowslips, now drifting in and populating the ellipse of white birch. Meanwhile the meadow besides the drive becomes a shimmering sea of buttercups in May. Wilding is both deliberate and natural.
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