Treat yourself to a 'Gardens Special'A Homemade Teatime Experience from our volunteers. Afternoon tea and cakes, just for you or for all the family.
Our annual Open Day in support of the National Gardens Scheme Nursing Charities
Plant sales and Pay as you Feel donations
“Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, the National Garden Scheme has donated £55 million to charity since 1927.
Originally set up to support district nurses, the National Garden Scheme is now the largest single funder of nursing and caring charities in the UK. We also support charities doing amazing work in gardens and health, grant bursaries to help community gardening projects and support gardeners at the start of their career.
In 2018, we donated a record £3.1 million from funds raised at our gardens – almost double the £1.6 million donated ten years ago – and a huge 82p in every £1 goes straight to our beneficiaries.”
Spend the day under the blossom trees in the heritage orchards of the Historic Gardens.
With apple and pear blossoms instead of the traditional Japanese plum, this version of Hanami still echoes the tradition of enjoying the beauty of the flowers this Spring.
A picnic in the Gardens is always enjoyable, however, the orchards in full bloom also provide the perfect setting for your relaxing day out.
Traditional Japanese food by Pika Pika will be available on the day, with a selection of delicious sushi and curry available.
Bring your own food and drink too. Cafe open for light refreshments
Music and other activities likely! Take part in learning how to create beautiful origami creations.
Normal entrance fees.
The numbers are in. Yes, March was indeed the wettest month. In fact the wettest for 8 years.
Our Education Officer Ann Brookman has been keeping records and sharing the readings with our school visitors for a while now. Her figures certainly bear out our own gut (wellboot) feelings that its been a drearily damp month.
This March we had a whopping 92mm. The driest year was way back in 2012 with a mere 14.5 millimetres
No doubt some of those extra millimetres come from this year’s snow melt but, even so, the hike
from the previous high (60mm in 2013) is pretty spectacular.
Our grass has certainly suffered this month too. The gardeners have been spending this week
tamping down and reseeding some of the paths that have been churned up by traffic in the snow
The lovely new stretch tent (from Tentickle) on the lawn, while providing us and the public some good shelter, has been rather too efficiently gathering the water into little swimming pools on the roof. Good job it’s stretchy.
Ah well… April showers to come…..
Cancelled today sorry
Sometimes all you want on Sunday afternoon at this time of year is a bit of fresh air and a stretching of the legs.
No kitting up for a long walk in the hills, just a stroll around a green and peaceful place…
This winter we are having a series of special weekend openings at the Gardens with this need in mind. There are five ‘Sunday Saunters’ between the end of January and the beginning of the season in April.
Late Winter and early Spring is also just a fascinating time in our Gardens.. the snowdrops, aconites and hellebores begin to emerge. As the days get longer the birds (and the box hedges!) get more active. Soon our drifts of daffodils begin to shoot up. When we are lucky enough to have some sunshine the low raking light illuminates the walkways and creates intriguing silhouettes.
We like to share these transient treasures, so Sunday opening offers a chance for our busy visitors to have a couple of hours of healthy pootering outdoors.
Of course it’s still a bit parky, so we have opened our 18th century Greenhouse (sometimes known as the Orangery) for people to find shelter and get a cup of warming chocolate.
On some of the days we will also strike up the firepit and indulge in toasted marshmallows and have some simple family crafts too.
Entry on Sunday 4th March is free