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Green Island

'A garden for all seasons' A plantsman's paradise with 20 acres packed with rare and unusual plants. Carved within mature woodland are huge island beds, Japanese garden, terrace, gravel garden, seaside garden, water gardens and extensive woodland plantings. Also tearoom with home-made cakes and snacks and nursery offering plants all seen growing in the gardens. Bluebells and Azalea weekend on the 5 & 6 May. Sunday 6 May is in aid of the NGS. It is a chance to see the the stunning azaleas amongst the carpets of bluebells over 20 acres.

Bluebells and azaleas, acers and rhododendrons in May. Water gardens, island beds all summer. Stunning Autumn colour. Light lunches, home-made teas and cream teas served.

Opening for NGS:
Sunday 6 May, Sunday 14 October (10am - 5pm). Admission £7.50, child £2.50. Light refreshments.

Fiona Edmond

For other opening times and information, please phone 01206 230455, email or visit

Flat and easy walking /pushing wheelchairs. Ramps at entrance and tearoom. Disabled parking and WC.

How to find us

Green Island, Park Road, Ardleigh, Essex, CO7 7SP

3m NE of Colchester. From Ardleigh village centre, take B1029 towards Great Bromley. Park Rd is 2nd on R after level Xing. Garden is last on L.

More about Green Island

Professionally designed gardens by Fiona Edmond, beautifully situated in 20 acres of mature woodland. Huge variety of plants, many unusual and of borderline hardiness, thriving here in the unique 'island' microclimate. There are stunning mixed borders, a seaside garden, Japanese garden, gravel garden, water gardens, extensive woodland gardens, bamboo dell and tree house. It is a garden for all seasons with emphasis on scent and Autumn colour, with the designers passion for Acers apparent. In Jan/Feb the woods are adorned with snowdrops, amongst the Hamamelis collection and the beautiful scents of winter flowering shrubs brightening even the dullest of winter days. By March the woods have come alive with huge varieties of woodland plants, and a large range of Camellias. April and May are not to be missed with the carpets of bluebells and azaleas. The mixed borders are stunning from June onwards,displaying the designers skill with planting combinations, and the water gardens peak with a fantastic show of primulas. The colour continues right into Autumn with many late flowering perennials and grasses, and the fiery display of autumn foliage lasting until December. There are many features around the garden all made from materials found on site, including seats, tables, an arbour, the tree house and decking spanning the pond.