Opening dates and times:Sun 31 Mar (2-5); Sun 16 June (1-6)
16 June combined adm £5 with Jacaranda
Visitors also welcome by appt Apr to Sept For groups only
Admission:Adm £3.50, chd free
Description:A series of ‘garden rooms’ with a variety of planting for year round interest create the effect of a much larger garden than half an acre. Bulbs, trees and shrubs, water features, formal topiary, raised beds and containers, greenhouses and vegetable garden give structure, texture and interest
Disability information:Wheelchair access is possible but not to all areas of the garden due to narrow gravel paths. Unsuitable for powered wheelchairs
Further details:The garden is founded on heavy wealden clay with a ph just on the acid side of neutral and so will support a wide range of plants. The triangular shape has lent itself to the creation of various rooms, and walls and hedges separate and hide these from each other. The entrance to the garden has raised beds for some more acid loving plants and also herbs and there is a pleached hornbeam hedge. At the front of the house an area of lawn with a newly established monocot bed and various shrubs gives way to a pond and bog area, with primula and iris in the late spring beyond which is a shaded garden with shrubs,a 'wild circle' spring bulbs, epimediums, some daphne followed by hostas and ferns in the summer. To the rear is a formal area with a raised pond, paving, brick walls and a knot garden with box and yew hedging and other topiary in containers.Through the yew hedge there are herbaceous borders, raised beds for vegetables as well as greenhouses. There are large numbers of containers. Among the trees and shrubs there are acer, magnolia, hamamelis, and sorbus. Spring sees a profusion of bulbs - narcissus, crocus, galanthus and in autumn many varieties of colchicum. The garden offers year round interest and colour.
Now in its ninth year the garden at Bradstow Lodge has matured and demonstrates what can be achieved in a relatively small space – about half an acre. The triangular site is divided into a series of ‘garden rooms’ each with its own atmosphere and character and each is separated from the others by walls or hedges. The garden is planted for all year round interest from early spring with bulbs and flowering shrubs with topiary, grasses and conifers providing architectural structure through the winter. There are ponds and bog garden with primulas and iris, a semi shaded area with woodland plants, a formal garden with knot garden and yew hedges with other topiary, a monocot garden with grasses, agapanthus, kniphofia and hemerocallis, herbaceous border and vegetable garden with greenhouses. Raised beds and many containers help to mitigate the heavy Wealden clay. The garden has been designed, planted and is maintained entirely by the owners