The soil is heavy Lias clay and the site is low lying, exposed and often waterlogged in winter. In spite of these hostile conditions, there is a wide range of of plants which are thriving.
We have a motto…
“If it will grow here, it will grow anywhere”
The garden continues to change, plants are added, others removed, it is always evolving and is never the same from year to year.
Features of the garden include numerous herbaceous borders, a bamboo grove, willow dome (great for kids of all ages!) and a large natural pond stocked with fish.
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Garden Clubs, Horticultural Societies, WI groups and U3A groups enjoy evening visits to our garden during the summer months. We provide a conducted tour and refreshments, and have been lucky to get on the the books of a Dutch Garden Tour company who arrange tours around the Cotswolds. In 2018 we had two coach loads of Dutch visitors and the same happened this year. Members are free to wander at will after the introductory talk.
We do make a small charge of £5.50 per head which includes a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of one of Christine’s delicious cakes plus a contribution to the NGS. If you are interested in such a visit, please contact us for further details.
National Gardens Scheme
The garden at Bridge Nursery is open from 10am to 4pm every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until 23 September for charity under The National Garden Scheme. We hope that visitors will “put a little something” (suggested donation is £3 per adult and free for children) in the collection box at the garden entrance. Donations are forwarded to the NGS to distribute to the charities they support which include Macmillan cancer care. Last year we raised £1,200. Thank you to everyone who made a contribution.
New this year
A new ‘hedgerow walk’ has been created around the nursery site. This leads you past the fern garden, habitats for small mammals and also past our newly created butterfly bank, planted up with plants specially chosen to encourage these beautiful insects. Take ten minutes to savour a little nature! In May, the hedgerow is full of birds busily (and songfully) making nests and mating. There may be ducks on the pond but they seem a little shy at the moment!
Much new planting has been done this winter.