Our gardens let plants and people bloom. When you visit, you’re not just enjoying the scenery, you’re part of a lifeline. Some people come to a garden for its beauty. For others, it’s a chance to meet like-minded people. Some want nature to restore their wellbeing and others come to learn. That’s why we believe there’s no more personal and life-enhancing gift than a garden.
Each of our gardens has been generously given to us by very special supporters. By sharing their most treasured places with you, we can tend to the UK’s horticulture industry. Life’s not all a bed of roses for some people in the trade. With the funds we raise through our gardens and the training opportunities we can provide, those in need can bloom again. We like to think they arrive tender and leave a bit more hardy.
York Gate is a masterpiece. A Grade II national heritage garden inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement. Situated in the country village of Adel, Leeds, the garden was first created by the Spencer family in 1951. A charming day out can be enjoyed here. A unique collection of garden rooms sit exquisitely within the one-acre site that enjoys the ancient Adel woods as its backdrop. It also features a café, sun terrace, heritage centre, gift shop and plant nursery. It’s no wonder this garden has been regarded as one of the best small gardens in the world.
The Garden and Plant Nursery is now open until 31st October | Wednesday –Sunday | 11am –4.30pm. The Café and gift shop will be available all year | Wednesday –Sunday | 10am–5pm.
Fullers Mill is enchanting but it wasn’t always so. In 1958 it was created by the late Bernard Tickner MBE from rough scrub and woodland, into a surprising yet quiet waterside oasis. Fullers Mill recently won the 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award.
Set in Bury St Edmunds in the heart of Suffolk, this seven-acre garden sits on the banks of the River Lark and Culford Stream with its own millpond. It surprises with an unusual mix of woodland and Mediterranean plants, some of which are now extinct in the wild. There is also a new pop up shop, plants propagated from the garden for sale and refreshments available to enjoy in the garden.
The garden is now open until 31st October | 2pm – 5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays | 11am – 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Laskett celebrates the arts. Uniquely autobiographical, this remarkable garden has been created over the last 47 years by Sir Roy Strong CH and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman CBE. It was created from a bare four-acre field in the idyllic countryside of Herefordshire. There is much to see and inspire from The Christmas Orchard and Queen’s Silver Jubilee Garden to The Rose Garden and a wildflower meadow with pond. The exclusive gift shop holds a treasure trove of memories and practical takeaways.
Contact us for group bookings, which are now available from April – September.
Bookings available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, morning and afternoon time slots.
Perennial is the safety net for people in the horticulture industry and is here to help individuals working in, or retired from any job involving trees, plants, flowers or grass. The charity is responding to an unprecedented increase in requests for help due to the widespread effects of Covid-19 on the UK horticulture industry. Yet many of the events and activities the charity would usually be using to raise funds for its free advice and support services have been cancelled or postponed. An emergency fundraising appeal, HortAid-21, has been launched to bridge the funding gap and offer some fun and easy ways for people to raise money for people in horticulture this year.
Perennial’s helpline is operating as usual on 0800 093 8543 or visit perennial.org.uk for more details.