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Important information about our re-opening arrangements

The gardens, nursery and tea room are now open Wed-Sat 10-5. There is no need to pre-book. If you wish to, you can purchase tickets for the gardens in advance to avoid any queueing at the counter.

Click here to pre-purchase tickets

Entry to the gardens is free for RHS members and we are pleased to accept the BBC GW 2-for-1 card. The tea room is open with reduced seating inside but plenty of outside seating. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Visiting our plant nursery and shop

Visiting the nursery and shop is free of charge, and advance booking is not required, but facemasks are required at all times in these areas. We strongly suggest placing a Click and Collect order before arrival, or review our stock online and bring a list of what you wish to purchase. Please note that not all of our stock is kept in the retail area of the nursery.

Opening Hours
Our opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Please note we are closed Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.

Admission Prices
Tickets for visiting the gardens are 5.00 per person with 20% of all ticket proceeds going to the National Garden Scheme charity. We accept the Gardener's World Two-for-One pass.

RHS Members
Garden entry is free to RHS members.

To get the most from your visit we suggest allowing a couple of hours to enjoy the gardens, wildflower meadow and bluebell woods to the full. Our tea room, recently described by one visitor as "charmingly rustic", offers a selection of tea and cakes, cold drinks and ice cream.

What to see

The garden wraps around Bluebell Cottage (our home), with winding paths enticing the visitor to explore its many different sections. From the nursery, you'll enter the garden through our productive orchard, undersown with a pretty wildflower meadow.

At the top of the garden, modern perennial planting draws the eye across wide border. Do stop and peer through the hedge at the top of the garden to look for canal boats. The newly extended gravel garden is packed with bright, drought-resistant plants enjoying the sunshine. The large pond, nestling in the centre of the garden is often overlooked as it's very informally planted, but it's a wildlife haven for frogs, newts and damselflies.

Through a little arch the exotic garden beckons, rich in late summer with bold foliage and bright colours. Beyond lies the cottage veg plot, neatly set out in smart box hedges.

Finally, our little shady garden offers a quiet still space to hide away for a while and just listen to the bird song around you.