Join us on Sunday 22 May and take a stroll around this beautiful garden from 1pm-5pm.
43 Mardley Hill
An unexpected garden created by plantaholics and packed with unusual plants. Focus on foliage and long season of interest. Constantly being developed and new plants sourced. Various areas: alpine bed; sunny border; deep shade; white-stemmed birches and woodland planting; naturalistic stream, pond and bog; chicken house and potted vegetables; potted exotics. Seating areas on different levels. Featured in Garden News and Garden Answers.
The garden design is open-plan with curvaceous borders that are densely and richly planted with a huge variety of foliage colours and textures. We find that visitors stay for quite a while, viewing the garden from the different seating angles and levels. The outdoor armchairs overlooking the pond are always a popular spot. There are many quirky and unusual features in the garden. The different planting areas include: a sunny border with grasses, alliums and honesty; partly shaded banks with a magnolia, azaleas, dicentras, moisture loving ferns and aquilegias; three white-stemmed birches underplanted with spring bulbs, epimediums, painted ferns and an increasing collection of choice and rare woodland plants such as podophyllum and trilliums; tree ferns, tetrapanex rex and a schefflera create a canopy for interesting foliage plants; a raised slate bed planted with alpines; a man-made bog area with large-leaved plants such as gunnera, rodgersia and ligularia; a small wildflower patch around an old apple tree; the mian patio with an increasing range of potted exotics including aeoniums. We are also Plant Heritage Plant Guardians for three garden-worthy plants that are rare in cultivation. Photographs on display illustrate the garden transformation since 2009 and we label many of the unusual plants. A chicken coop features in one of the beds and our bantam Pekin chickens will be pottering around. During the pandemic we have built a small writing room with views across the garden.
We offer generous portions of delicious home-made cakes and scones, all served on vintage china, with the proceeds going directly to Rennie Grove Hospice in St Albans.
We sell plants that we have grown from seed, cuttings or division, so the selection differs each year.
Home-made teas. Refreshments in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care
All money from admission will be going to the National Garden Scheme and can be brought on the day