A bit of a squeeze, must have been the fruit cake!

February 25th sees the reinstatement of our Snowdrop Event. The  trail of snowdrops around the gardens will lift the gloom and tell us that spring is on its way with  Hellebores, Crocus, Aconites and other early spring flowers. All making it well worth the  effort of being outdoors on a cold day especially when the coffee shop is open with a log burning stove to warm you up afterwards. Remember. if we have snow the snowdrops won’t be visible but we expect the snowdrops to look good until about March 5th, it all depends on the weather………….Watch this space! 

Don’t forget to feed the birds. Fruit from winter storage or slightly bruised from the fruit bowl are always appreciated by blackbirds and thrushes at this time of the year. Clear out bird boxes by removing old nests and rinsing if possible.

I’ve spotted 6 or 7 ladybirds in the garden today ( 09/01/17)  early by our standards – all of them in the foliage of Alchemical mollis

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3 Betula jacquemontii in the winter wonderland!

Just completed  bulb planting and grass cutting this afternoon. Very late for cutting grass but hopefully it’ll be worth the risk when the snowdrops don’t have as much grass to push through in February. Happy New Year Everyone!


P1000589 Think of your  health and take a break  in the fresh air.

BULBS  This is about the latest time to complete planting those bulbs you bought earlier this year. If the ground is too hard plant them in a pot and place them in their intended places ready for planting in the spring.



TREES & SHRUBS  A little judicious pruning will let light and air into trees and shrubs and now is the best time to do it. We’ve reduced the height of one whole shrub border by about 2 metres this week because the overall shape had been lost. If you’re scared of making a  mistake sign up for my ‘Pruning with Confidence’ training day next October. Never tackle major tree surgery its a job for the experts.

p1070420 p1070435 p1070433 p1010070 p1070431        If we have any Photographic Societies who would like to book the gardens at this time next year for their group please check info in ‘Groups’

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The eagle eyed among you will have spotted that patches of soil have appeared in the grass. We have removed some very old shrubs with the purpose of planting more trees in that area during the winter months but not in exactly the same spots.  The patches have been planted with daffodil bulbs, raked level, grass seed sown and watered now we stand back and wait for it to look the same as the rest of the area in spring. Yellow rattle, Mimulus luteus, Campanula primulifolia and Scabious will be planted under the red central oak as we have more time available in November.

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Hundreds of Lapwings marching, all in the same direction, over the field opposite us which has just been ploughed,I don’t remembers seeing this before. Disappointed they didn’t show up on image I took.

 We’re getting ready to open next Saturday Feb. 25th 2017 –If you would like a reminder when we reopen, just complete the box at the bottom of the home page. 


CLOSED MON 27th &TUES 28th

GARDENS; Wed – Fri.  10am-5pm.                           Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

COFFEE SHOP   Wed – Fri. 10am -4.30pm              Sat – Sun 11am- 4.30pm


Adults: £5.00 Seniors & Students £4.50
Child: aged 4-15 £2.50 includes a Key for the wishing tree and a garden trail sheet. 

SEASON TICKETS If you’re planning to visit the gardens more than twice this year, the season ticket will save you money.     Adult/Senior single season tickets: £13.00 or  Bring a friend (double) season ticket: £25.00

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS SPECIAL OFFER -bring your key ring from last year and your replacement will be discounted to £12 or £23.

SEASON TICKETS– grant unlimited access to the gardens, nursery & coffee shop during normal business hours. 



OFFERS & DISCOUNT Show your season ticket  on a Friday and receive 10% discount on your food and drink in the coffee shop. 

Club CC Cycle to the Secret Gardens and show your card to receive 10% discount on food & drinks