The little window into our gardening past was only re-discovered in 1993, When gardens of this type had disappeared and been completely forgotten. In Victorian times, almost every town had groups of detached gardens like these created on the outskirts for the use of people living above their businesses in the crowded town centre. When work was over, they could slip down one of the paths between high holly and hawthorn hedges and unlock a gate leading into their own garden.
The garden sloped down to the common and most of them had a summer house and a fine view. What distinguished these gardens from allotments was not merely their privacy and the buildings, but the fact that they were used for pleasure as well as produce.
This delightful network of individual Victorian gardens, separated by high hedges, has been restored using Heritage Lottery funding in 2005-2006. Delightful summerhouses, gnarled old fruit trees, and heritage flowers and vegetables welcome the visitor to this tranquil spot.
Buy plants and historic varieties of fruit and vegetables in season. Enjoy tea, coffee and cake in the “sustainable” visitor centre. View the changing displays. Gifts for sale. Venue hire available.
Adults £5.00; Children 5-17yrs £1, includes garden trail; Children under 5 yrs free; All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs (except assistance dogs) are not allowed.
Free admission for HCG Members; also RHS members with occasional exceptions for special events.
Winter opening hours
November to March
Gardens – Open Mon – Fri,
11 am – 4 pm
Last Gardens entry, 3.30 pm
Closed Sat – Sun
Tearoom – Closed
Summer opening hours
April to October
Open Every Day
11 am – 5 pm
Last Gardens entry, 4.30 pm
Tearoom – Open Weekends and Bank Holidays