Gardeners’ Blog – an informal account and images of the garden past and present

Willow Workshop this week

LADIES ENJOYING A CRISP AUTUMN DAY, MAKING A DEN IN THE FAIRY GARDEN ON THE WILLOW WORKSHOP. 

We’re Celebrating Autumn!

EXTRA OPEN DAYS IN NOVEMBER. Although we’ve officially closed for winter a few extra days have been added – Saturdays in November   Cafe open for lunches etc 11am- 2.30pm. I’ve had a few enquiries about garden associated courses for beginners, if there is enough demand I can add subjects through the season.  The workshops […]

Working with Willow Workshop

We’re going to show you how to make a  basic willow dome on Wednesday Nov. 15th. 11.00am- 2.30.pm.  You must have  Workboots, Gardening Gloves & Secateurs.  Your own Loppers will be useful if you have them if not we will supply them.  Safety goggles & course materials will be supplied. Course cost £22 per person. […]

Coffee,cosy,comfortable

There is FREE ENTRY to the gardens until 3pm Oct. 15th with every hot drink sold in the coffee shop. If you’ve never been into the Secret Gardens , why not take the opportunity to experience the sights and scents of autumn. Open Wed- Fri 10-4.30 & Sat -Sun 11am-4.30pm

WE CLOSE FOR WINTER AT 5pm SUNDAY OCT 15th

We’re into our last week of open days this season, if you’re looking for plants to extend the season in your garden come along and get some ideas from the gardens here. The woodburning stove has been lit in the coffee shop, although there were quite a few people who opted for lunch on the terrace. yesterday when […]

FREE Bulb Lasagne Demo

This week I’m planting a bulb lasagne pots for the spring gardens. I’ll be doing demos at  If you’d like to ‘have a go’ at planting a pot yourself you’ll need to book a place – no charge just the cost of the materials; pot, compost, bulbs etc  that you take away.  £10.  Places limited […]

Inspiration Time

Most gardens look good throughout the summer months but if yours is looking a bit tired come along anytime now until mid October to get inspiration and ideas on how to  extend the colour and interest. 

Its ‘Hug a Tree Time’

We all love to see clusters of berries and fruits on trees and shrubs this month and the Cercis tree in the Cottage garden is giving off the delicious  aroma of burnt toffee – our first sign of autumn. There are still plenty of late flowering perennials and ornamental grasses attracting the bees and butterflies […]

September Special for Season Ticket Holders

Bring friend(s) to visit the gardens on your ticket for free in September ( Show your Keyring = Entry for Four ) 

Hortic Students

We have a vacancy for a Hortic. Dip. or RHS Volunteer who needs to complete their practical hours. We will give you training & work experience in garden maintenance,  plant production etc  in return for a few hours work a week during the holidays. Contact Christine 07778447920

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