This garden offers something for every garden lover. Formal gardens, woodland, sculptures, ponds, rockeries, wilder, more naturalistic areas. It's a garden with a really charming character. It is privately owned and not open all the time, so make sure you check their website for opening times before you head out.
A sense of escape is exactly what you get when you head to the Walled Nursery. This is a working nursery, but it is also a lovely walled garden. The beds and borders are beautiful and cosy-up and around 13 Victorian glasshouses in which you'll find lovely succulents and the sweet scent of pelargoniums. A shepherd's hut offers tea, coffee and cake which all help to make you feel welcome and relaxed.
Visiting gardens isn't necessarily easy with children. Discovery Garden offers a neutral ground for garden-loving parents and non-plussed kids. It is a quiet spot in a very lively place with a butterfly tunnel at one end and lots of interesting, child-friendly stuff too, such as a wormery, woodpiles full of bugs and beasties as well as willow tunnels and hideaways. A mix of veggies, herbs and flowers is sustenance for green-fingered parents. I found some great ideas for gardening in a small space and encouraging wildlife into the garden.
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