The garden is divided into compartments each with a different theme, ie Asian Border, unusual bulb and rhizome garden, woodland garden. Children love exploring these different areas, but it is also used as a teaching resource for students to see good design and plant combinations. Lucy is a maximalist gardener, with a passion for plants and a love of sculptures and crafts. She believes gardens should be fun, relaxing, quirky and original spaces. She is keen on reclaimed elements and tries to use craftsmen to create original features rather than buying mass produced products.
Visitor FacilitiesTea/coffee/cake plants and postcards for sale.Parking is available for cars and larger vehicles; continue past the house and park on the right, on the grass meadow overlooking the reservoir.
Koelreuteria paniculata "Fastigiata", Lindera obtusiloba, Disperopsis perneyi.
Long border (2001):purple, lime green, red & white plants
Heucheras, day lillies, Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen, Miscanthus fountains
Trifolium ochroleucum (Yellow clover), Ribes speciosum, Berberis "Georgei"
based around 3 multi stemmed Betula utilis jacquemnontii, Hellebores, Daphne bhhloua "Jacqueline Postill, Erithronium & Chiastophyllum ground cover, dogwoods Phlomis tuberosis
Beech hedge cloister
Trampoline beds (March 2007): collection of grasses, Miscanthus Cosmopolitan,Calamogrostis Overdam, Stipa tenuissima
Allium sphaerocephalon, Polygonium scoparium, Jasmin mesneyi, Libertia caerulescens.
Stone Parterre (2003): Snakee head Fritillaries
Willow igloo and tunnel
Purple hazel meadow (2002)
Wild flower meadow
Copper beech spiral (November 2005) underplanted with snowdrops, snowflakes, purple & white alliums
Butterfly walk, various Buddleias
Faulkland Islands Beds (2007) plants being sourced originating from the islands
Scented corridor, Vibernums, Choisya & Ptelea trifoliata ( Hop tree)
Sculptures by Maryanne Niolls & Carrie Norman
- Cottage Garden
- Description: The Stone Parterre, the design of which was taken from a gate in the garden, was added in October 2002 and the 20m Celtic Racetrack as well as the metal tree seat were created in spring 2010.
- Cottage (featured building)
- Description: 1930s thatched cottage
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- Visitor Access & Directions
Access Contact DetailsEvery Friday (from beginning of April to end of September) 10am - 5pm and also for the National Garden Scheme in conjunction with Home Farm, Rushbrooke. Admission £2.50 (children free). Garden clubs, WI groups, U3A and other groups welcome, call 01284 386250 to arrange. The cost for groups is £6 per person which includes a guided tour of the garden and a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of cake.
DirectionsTurn right after Rushbrooke Farm sign.
- Rushbrooke with
The 1930s thatched cottage is surrounded by a garden of 0.3 hectares. The garden consisted of a row of poplars, a beech hedge, some climbing roses, an old apple tree and a walnut. Work on creating the garden started in March 1999 and continued to Spring 2010.
The 1930s thatched cottage is surrounded by a garden of 0.3 hectares. The garden consisted of a row of poplars, a beech hedge, some climbing roses, an old apple tree and a walnut.
Work on creating the garden started in March 1999 by removing some of the poplars and transplanting part of the beech hedge which now forms the Cloister. This opened up the view of the paddock. The pond was dug out in April 1999 and the rear garden borders were planted. Front garden Long Borders were planted in early 2001. The purple hazels and the Stone Parterre, the design of which was taken from a gate in the garden, were added in October 2002. The Pavilion was completed in November 2003 and that winter the curvaceous grass borders opposite and the willow tunnel were put in. The Copper Beech Spiral was mainly planted in November 2005. In March 2007 the trampoline beds were added. In 2009 the last 5 poplars to the left of the Pavilion were removed and the 20m Celtic Racetrack as well as the metal tree seat were created in spring 2010.
- Early 20th Century (1901-1932)
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