Garden Opening Period 2020

Sorry the Garden shall not be open this year.

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Information About Our Garden

  • Sorry the garden will not be open in 2020.
  • Admission 3.50. Accompanied children under 16 free.
  • Groups are welcome to visit by prior arrangement.
  • Photographs may not be taken for commercial use.
  • Several comfortable benches.
  • Limited wheelchair access.
  • Inspirational 'naturalistic' grass and perennial plantings.
  • The garden was filmed in 2016 for Gardener's World..
  • To View more pictures of our garden please visit


There are very few gardens like ours which open to the public. It is very unusual to have a 1/3 acre north facing hillside garden planted with herbaceous perennials and grasses many from north American Prairies. Yet we like to think that the garden sits well in the surrounding landscape. It is an oasis for insects and birds especially in late summer and autumn.

The garden is entered from the sales area through a green oak gate and is enclosed by Yorkshire stone walls and various hedges. The Yew hedges were originally planted to provide shelter from easterly and westerly winds, they indeed do this but now mature provide shelter and nesting sites for birds and seperate the garden from the nursery.

Our planting could be called 'naturalistic' and we are inspired by several aspects of the natural world : our plants and grasses, sunlight, wind, wild plant communities and the life cycle of plants and grasses. Visiting places and gardens which grow the plants and grasses we like is often a catalyst for change!

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hardy herbaceous perennial plants

Dove Cottage Nursery & Garden

Photography copyright MarianneMajerus