East Lambrook Manor Gardens

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Silver Street, East Lambrook, South Petherton,
Somerset, TA13 5HH



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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1st February to 31st October, Tuesday - Saturday & Bank Holiday Mondays plus Sundays in February, May, June and July. 10am - 5pm. Closed all other Sundays and Mondays.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Parking for coaches

Group Appointment: Yes

Only when the garden is open and the occasional evening visit.

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

10am - 5pm -
8th February
10th May
6th June
7th February 2017

Best Times of Year to Visit:

February (snowdrops), March (Hellebores) May to July, September

To see:

80 varieties of snowdrops. Cottage garden plants, hardy geraniums, old roses

Admission Prices

Adults £5.75; Seniors £5.25: Groups (pre-booked) of 10+ £5.00; Child under 16 Free.
RHS members free on Wednesdays (when the garden is open)

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: No
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: No
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Limited access for the disabled and toilet for disabled. Small dogs on lead and Guide Dogs only. Discrete picnics allowed.
Art Gallery (Malthouse). Gallery and other rooms for hire. Part-time horticultural and garden history courses run annually.
Early Spring Plant Fair with Hardy Plant Society, Somerset Group, Saturday 28th March, 10am - 4pm.
Moish Sokal, fabulous watercolour paintings mainly of India and Somerset, Malthouse Gallery, 1st June - 19th July, 10am - 5pm.

Garden Features & Events

The quintessential English cottage garden with layers of dense planting divided by narrow paths, low hedges and lawns, created by the celebrated 20th century plantswoman and gardening writer, the late Margery Fish.

The Margery Fish Plant Nursery in the garden specialises in cottage garden plants and interesting perennials including many of Margery Fish's favourites, which are still to be found growing in the garden today. You can visit the nursery without paying to visit the garden.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Ash House Hotel, Ash
The Duke of York, Shepton Beauchamp
Avon Bulbs B&B, Mid Lambrook


Rose & Crown, opposite the garden
The Duke of York, Shepton Beauchamp
New Farm Restaurant, Over Stratton
Royal Oak, Over Stratton
Ash House Hotel, Ash
Provender, South Petherton

Inns & Pubs:

Rose & Crown, opposite the garden
The Duke of York, Shepton Beauchamp
Royal Oak, Over Stratton
Rusty Axe, Stembridge

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Burrow Hill Cider
Muchelney (Abbey and Pottery)
South Petherton
Somerset Levels

Description of Garden

Margery Fish's garden at East Lambrook Manor is a magnet for garden lovers from all over the world, particularly those who appreciate the English cottage garden style and who love to wander along its crooked stone paths between abundant borders brimming with a profusion of colour and scent. This Grade I listed garden is overflowing with plants, many of which have been saved from virtual extinction. Margery Fish was one of the most admired gardeners and garden writers of her day and a major influence on gardening in the 20th century. Her natural gift for combining old-fashioned and contemporary plants in a relaxed and informal manner has created a unique garden of great charm.

History Of Garden

This was Margery Fish's first major project as a novice gardener; she later became the undisputed, 'Leading Lady of Gardening' from the 1950's onwards and the gardens she created here at East Lambrook Manor in Somerset has become internationally famous as the premier example of an English cottage garden. From the publication of her first book in 1956, until her death thirteen years later, she wrote in a practical way of her successes and failures, communicating her deep understanding of plants. Successive owners have cared for and restored the gardens and it last changed hands in 2008 with the new owners intent on enhancing and improving it.

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