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When to visit Spring and Summer 2024

Open Every Tuesday April 16th to September 24th

As seen on BBC2 Gardeners’ World Winter Special 2023/24 (Episode 4)

Additional dates

We will also open on selective Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays as follows:

  • July 20th Saturday
  • August 3rd Saturday 
  • August 27th Bank Holiday Monday 
  • September 14th Saturday

Please book in advance either 10.30am-1am or 2pm-4.30pm

Please decide to come morning or afternoon when it suits you best. 

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 11.00am and 2.30pm lasting about 15-20 minutes. Use our flexible booking system to choose which date and time slot suits you best to visit according to the weather forecast.

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Our Facilities

  • In sunny weather we have lots of seating on the lawn and around the garden. In rainy weather we have limited shelter to offer.  
  • 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 as well as Kathy’s recipe and garden cards. We have a card reader.
  • We have lots of free parking.
  • Toilet facilities are available.

Our Admission prices

The standard Entrance fee for Adults is £9, children 4-17 £4.50, free for infants 3 and under.

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Group Visits:

Friends Season Pass – Fully Booked

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.

The Friends scheme is FULL, thank you to all those who have booked.

Our Conditions of Entry

  • Only people with pre-booked tickets can visit the garden.
  • Please show electronically 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 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.
  • Inclement weather Notice: If we have dangerous thunderstorms, very high winds, or extremely hot weather we will close the garden. Check back on our website before travelling, if in doubt.

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Our Garden in Spring and Early Summer

Mid to Late April

What a joyous time: this is when the garden really comes to life with cherry and orchard blossoms, now interspersed with tall blue camassias. First primroses and then cowslips flower in abundance, happily self-seeding and wilding. Tulips and forget me nots, aquilegia, and dicentra all add to the scene with the tree peonies will come into bloom towards the end of the month and maybe the first of the early Chinese roses with their violet scent.

Find out more about our garden in April here

Early to Late May

A carpet of buttercups creates a golden meadow up the drive. The scents of lilac, viburnums and laburnum fill the air with early Chinese roses cloaking the house, pale yellow and the special white. Next beautiful blue, white and pink wisterias come into bloom first on the house walls, then on the arches all underplanted with alliums. Others then flower around the old fishpond along with Clematis montanas.

Now its Peony time too! End April and early May is the moment for the tree peonies to flower beginning with delicate white Paeonia Rockii perfect beneath the Himalayan birches, others in the ellipse, more in the formal garden with reds, whites and delicate pink tree peonies in their own border up the drive. These are followed by the gorgeous intersectionals beneath the variegated Turkish oak a little further beyond, as well as many others around the garden…we love them all so much. You could say we were Paeonia enthusiasts!

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Find out more about our garden in May here


The climbing and rambling roses will have been in flower since the end of May and last well into June and even early July with super scent on the air. Special Rose Petal cakes are made for our visitors. The herbaceous borders are full of giant alliums, poppies, campanula and foxgloves. In fact poppies are popping up everywhere! Borders of lavender will be in full array, loved by the bees. Delphiniums and peonies are other highlights, there is just so much to enjoy in the June garden. By now the ornamental grass borders are growing well again with pretty blue love in the mist acting as an edger. Our evening opening on July Ist will celebrate the low light sweeping through the birch avenue and kissing the grasses and flowers of the wild flower meadow.

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Find out more about our garden in June here

Our Garden July to End of September

We look forward to welcoming our visitors during the summer and early autumn period when the garden is bursting with colour and scent. 

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 wild flower meadow has never looked better with all the blue scabious attracting butterflies including commas, peacocks, red admirals, marbled whites, little blues, meadow browns etc. White echinops, echinaceas and buddlejas have the same magnetism. 

Elsewhere the white gladiolus murieliae look wonderful around the fishpond in the formal garden, while on the top terrace many succulents are displayed along with plumbagos and agapanthus. The white Japanese anemones will flourish in the wisteria walk, while the dahlias and cosmos shine out in the main border. I should also mention the very good display of late flowering clematis which major on purple, blue and red viticellas and many others late varieties including the yellow tangutica types.

Clematis Madame Julia Correvon
Clematis Madame Julia Correvon

Find out more about our garden here

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