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Church Road, Stevington,
Bedfordshire, MK43 7QB

01234 822064

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Special Sundays 17 May with Lion Dance; June 7th, July 19th and September 20th 1 - 5pm
All Tuesdays May - September 1pm - 5pm; bring a picnic lunch from 1pm, free tour from 2-3pm, tea from 3.30-4.30pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

Groups of 15+ Personal Tour of garden with Kathy and an Edible Flower Demonstration can be arranged.

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

Feb 15th 11-4pm

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Mid to end May, early to end June, mid to end July, early to mid August, early to mid September.

To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £4.50, Child free. Guided 45 min. tour by Kathy Brown for 10 - 25 people - extra charge £1 pp. Book in advance. Group (15 people) min. cost £67.50

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

Chinese plants are prominent in the garden with thinned stands of black bamboo under startling white Himalayan birches backed by Gansu Mudan tree peonies. White and yellow banksiae roses clothe the house walls besides blue and white wisterias. Pink, white and blue wisterias cover an 8 arch arcade with laburnum and clematis at either end; all ubderplanted with pruple alliums. These along with a recent major planting of Tree Peonies is to be celebrated on Sunday May 17th with a Chinese Lion Dance at 2.30pm.

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

Hotels & Accommodation:
Inns & Pubs:

The Royal George, Stevington,
The Bedford Arms, Oakley
The Bedford Arms, Souldrop.

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Excellent walks to see the Windmill; or through the meadows besides the River Ouse from Stevington to Pavenham.
The Bunyan Museum, Bedford;
The Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney.

Description of Garden

It is a wonderful collection of different rooms including Cottage Garden, Wisteria Walk, 4 Naturalistic borders, Wild Flower meadow, Formal Garden, Major Container Displays, with over 40 climbing and Rambling Roses, and over 100 late flowering Clematis making this a wonderful garden to visit in June and July; also very distinctive Art inspired Gardens with Monet, Mondrian, Rothko, Hokusai, Hepworth and Kandinsky all represented.

History Of Garden

The Manor Farm House was rebuilt by architect, Henry Clutton for the Duke of Bedford on the site of the Old Hospitium dating back to the 13th Century where Pilgrims came to visit the Holy Well beneath the Church to help with eye ailments. John Bunyan lived nearby and wrote The Pilgrims Progress which many think is connected directly to Stevington through the Old Cross in the centre of the Village and the Holy Well/Spring/Sepulchre beneath the Church and indeed the Old Hospitium. Kathy walked on Ramblings BBC Radio 4 with Clare Balding discussing the literary landscape of The Pilgrims Progress in and about Stevington.

2015 Well Dressing to be seen early June down by the nearby Church.

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