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Chelwood, Bristol,
Somerset, BS39 4NN


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2018-01-18 00:33:35

Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
First Sunday in month in July, Aug, Sept & Oct; 2pm - 5pm
Private parties of 10 or more on other days by appointment.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

June - October

To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £7; Child under 12 free.

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

Lakes and waterfalls. Large areas of steppe or prairie. Cottage garden.

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

Carpenters Arms, Stanton Wick

Inns & Pubs:

Carpenters Arms, Stanton Wick Pelican, Chew Magna

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Bath Bristol Wells Chew Valley

Description of Garden

The 'prairie' and 'steppe' style planting is a popular feature all year round providing an array of striking colours which evolve throughout the seasons. A shady hosta walk with birch and hydrangeas leads to a lake which is surrounded by natural planting, blending into a wildflower meadow. From the lake, a stream cascades into a deep ravine of rockwork. Two new boarders were planted in September 2007, combining a broad variety of grasses, stems and colour themed perennials which start to flower in June and continue until October.

The formal cottage garden is planted with white tulips to start the season and continues through until October. There are various statues around the garden - some very old ones based on Greek mythology and others made from fallen trees for the further amusement of many!

Lady Farm Gardens have featured in many books and magazines all over the world.
All Gardens Great & Small on HTV in 2000.
Stephen Lacey on Gardeners World in 2001.
Gardeners World featuring grasses in 2012.
Voted telegraph top 20 gardens in 2012

History Of Garden

The gardens have been designed and created by Judy over 20 years.
In 1972 Malcolm and Judy agreed to swap homes and take on the 150 acre farm on a handshake and an evening on cider! There was no garden then and the 150 cows collected in the yard beside the kitchen. They continued milking until 1992 when the cattle were moved to another farm and the buildings were demolished.

Top soil was moved from a 4 acre paddock and spread over the old yard area. Grass seed was sown and trees planted around the 12 acre perimeter. The accidental discovery 2 years later of the source of the spring water was the reason for the waterfalls and lakes running diagonally through the garden with rock features created by Anthony Archer-Wills.

Planting started in earnest with low maintenance and dramatic vistas -essential ingredients.

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