Gardens to Visit in Cambridgeshire

Lying on the edge of the Eastern Fens, Cambridgeshire's mix of peat and clay soils provides a highly rich growing medium. Soil types range from well drained sandy soils to rich peats and loams, and some boggy fen areas. With pH values ranging from alkaline to lightly acidic. This diversity supports a wide variety of different plant species, and gardens in this area are able to grow a comprehensive range of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.

Anglesey Abbey

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Grand part Medieval, part Tudor house with extensive gardens and parkland. Renowned for its massed displays of snowdrops in early spring. The gardens were created in the 1930s by Lord Fairhaven, with avenues of trees, carved sculptors, sweeping lawns and colourful borders. Some excellent mature trees. Rose garden and dahlia garden.

Facilities: parking, shop, restaurant
Open: all year
Address: Quy Rd, Lode, Cambridge CB25 9EJ
Tel: 01223 810080 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Cambridge Botanic Garden

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Over 40 acres (16 ha) of magnificent study gardens, founded in 1762 as part of the university department of botany. Diverse selection of native British trees, shrubs and perennials. Highlights include a tranquil water garden, native limestone rock garden and award-winning winter gardens. Glasshouses host a comprehensive collection of temperate and tropical plants from around the world.

Facilities: cafe, shop
Open: all year
Address: 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE
Tel: 01223 336265
Web: botanic.cam.ac.uk

Elton Hall

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Romantic Classical, part Gothic Hall, surrounded by 3800 acres of parkland. Beside the house are eight acres of lovely formal gardens, segmented by tall hedges. With splendid rose gardens, herbaceous borders and an arboretum. The Orangery Garden is a riot of colour in mid-summer with cypresses, olives, orange and lemon trees and many aromatic summer-flowering plants.

Facilities: parking, tearoom, nursery
Open: May to August (not daily)
Address: Elton, Peterborough PE8 6SH
Tel: 01832 280468
Web: eltonhall.com/

Peckover House

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Have you ever wanted to buy up all your neighbours gardens and turn them into one great big back garden? This is exactly what the Peckover's did in the 18th-c. Their modest merchants house now backs on to a series of informal gardens, packed with a vast array of historic plants and many interesting specimen trees. All lovingly tended by the National Trust.

Facilities: parking (nearby), restaurant
Open: January to October
Address: North Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR
Tel: 01945 583463 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Hemingford Grey Manor

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A horticultural gem set in the peaceful village of Hemingford Grey. Formal lawns and clipped topiary lead on to extensive informal herbaceous borders. Good collection of rambling roses and bearded irises. Nearby walks along the River Great Ouse.

Facilities: none
Open: all year, daily (exc. Xmas)
Address: The Manor Hemingford Grey PE28 9BN
Tel: 01480 463134
Web: greenknowe.co.uk


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