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Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough,
Leicestershire, LE12 8RZ

01509 890 376


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open Apr - mid-Oct; open 7 days a week 10.00am - 5.00pm. in aid of NGS Visitors also welcome by appointment

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

Group visits by appointment

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

3rd Sunday in May

Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £4; Child £0.50. Must be accompanied by adult.

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

Teas & Light refreshments on NGS days and for groups by prior arrangement. Limited access for the disabled. Guide dogs only.

Garden Features & Events

Five acre garden and wild flower meadows. Spring bulbs, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas, herbaceous borders, potager, lily ponds and parterre. Many rare shrubs and trees. New woodland walk.

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

Good B & B in next village Hotel in Loughborough


Two good restaurants in village.

Inns & Pubs:

Three good inns serving food in village.

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Beacon Hill in village Woodhouse Eaves Bradgate Park Newton Linford

Description of Garden

A secret garden hidden behind a high wall which protects the many rare plants that thrive there is to be found in this charming Leicestershire village. The terraced lawns, flanked by herbaceous borders, lead to a fine informal woodland garden, underplanted with bulbs, magnolias, camellias, massed rhododendrons, azaleas and other flowering shrubs. Elsewhere there are three lily ponds, a parterre, a potager and a large collection of penstemons. The adjacent wildflower meadow is also pretty in late spring. Organic methods are used in both the garden and the meadow and there is an abundance of wildlife.

History Of Garden

The house dates from the 17th century or earlier but the garden was started in earnest by a Col. Heygate who, in the early 1930's purchased the whole of the Waterer's stand of rhododendrons and azaleas when the Royal Agricultural Show came to Leicester. He left his gardener to guard it overnight and collected it by horse and cart the next day! This formed the perimeter of the garden. After WWII George and Marian Johnson bought the property and planted many interesting trees and shrubs and then began to open the garden to the public in the 1950's. The present owners, Mr. J.T. Oakland and Miss P. Johnson, took over the care of the garden fifteen years ago and it since then it has been regularly featured in the Press and on TV. They purchased the property in 2000.

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