Winter 2017 opening hours

Great news. For the first time, the garden and tea rooms will be open in December during weekends until December 23rd when we will close for Christmas. Enjoy strolling through the garden and treat yourself from the 'Winter Warmer' menu or a Sunday roast lunch.

The garden is magical in December. Winter takes over and there is plenty to see and enjoy. The garden is planted for year round interest and coloured barks, berries and winter flowering shrubs will give you plenty of talking points and photo opportunities.  Trees and shrubs that are background structure through the spring and summer become the focal points. Cornus stems in all colours from deep purple to vivid yellow stand out in borders on the main lawn, and the coral-pink catkins of the Golden Alder (Alnus Incana ‘Aurea’) are stunning on a bright winter day against a clear blue sky.

If you have never seen the garden in winter you are in for a treat. There's little sign of the showy flowers and high growth of summer,  but the intense detail of colour, shape and texture in the winter interest plants makes a winter visit worthwhile.

If the weather is too bad, just head for the tea rooms and enjoy looking out onto the garden whilst you warm up with a light lunch or book ahead and treat yourself to Sunday Roast.

Opening hours December: Saturdays and Sundays (excluding Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st) 11am - 3pm. Access by donation.

Jo Shinnerwinter, 2017, tea rooms