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A delightful and varied group of gardens in an historic Cathedral city: The Bishop's house adjoins Ely Cathedral and has mixed planting with a formal rose garden, wisteria and more. Jane Frost, local artist, will display and sell pieces in The Bishops garden. 20% of sales to charity 'Branching Out'. Bishop Woodford House has an informally planted garden with colour and interest - and a wide variety of plants. 12 Chapel Street, a small town garden, reflecting the owners variety of gardening interests, from alpines to herbaceous and vegetables all linked with a railway! 42 Cambridge Road is a secluded town garden with interesting herbaceous borders, roses, shrubs and trees. 17b Hills Lane is a tiny garden with no grass! Paving and raised beds show how the owners have made their garden manageable for older people, or people with limited mobility. 5b Downham Road shows how to rise to the challenge of a small interestingly shaped area. Careful planting has created a tranquil area.
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    A delightful and varied group of gardens in an historic Cathedral city:. Working in areas that have seen occupation for, in some cases, over 450 years, the gardeners have encountered a variety of challenges, from medieval walls to what was once a stable yard! Walking round the gardens gives you a chance to see how people have worked with the environment that they have inherited, and given it their own personal interpretation of what they have. The Bishop's house is a monastic building adjoining Ely Cathedral and has mixed planting with a formal rose garden, wisteria and more. Jane Frost, local environmental artist, will display and sell pieces in Bishops garden. 20% of sales to Littleport charity 'Branching Out'. 12 Chapel Street, a small town garden, reflecting the owners variety of gardening interests, from alpines to herbaceous plants Divided into informal areas, the beds and borders and all linked by a railway that meanders round the garden. 42 Cambridge Road is a secluded town garden with interesting herbaceous borders, roses, shrubs and trees. The owners are constantly developing their garden, changing things if necessary in order to achieve the vision that they have for the garden. 17b Hills Lane is a garden without grass! Paving and raised beds show how the owners have made their garden manageable for older people, or people with limited mobility. The desire was to future proof it, thinking ahead to what would make the garden manageable in later life, rather than allowing later life to decide the fate of the garden! 5b Downham Road shows how to rise to the challenge of a small interestingly shaped area. Providing a quiet space was important to the owner, the challenge was a high wall on one side, and the wish not to make things appear claustrophobic. Planting creates a tranquil area, with pots, colour and a small greenhouse. Along from the courtyard, a larger garden area is currently being restored by the owners, being claimed back from a period of neglect, which may be open for viewing. The garden at Bishop Woodford House is an informally planted garden bursting with colour and interest. Come and see how to create excitement into late autumn with a wide variety of both familiar and unusual perennials, grasses and shrubs’.

Ely Gardens- Canceled

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Ely Gardens
Chapel Street
Ely
Cambridgeshire
CB6 1AD

14m N of Cambridge.
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    Parking at Barton Rd car park, Tower Rd, (adjacent to 42 Cambridge Rd), or the Grange Council Offices. Map given at first garden visited.
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Wheelchair access to areas of most gardens.

More about Ely Gardens

A delightful and varied group of gardens in an historic Cathedral city:. Working in areas that have seen occupation for, in some cases, over 450 years, the gardeners have encountered a variety of challenges, from medieval walls to what was once a stable yard! Walking round the gardens gives you a chance to see how people have worked with the environment that they have inherited, and given it their own personal interpretation of what they have. The Bishop's house is a monastic building adjoining Ely Cathedral and has mixed planting with a formal rose garden, wisteria and more. Jane Frost, local environmental artist, will display and sell pieces in Bishops garden. 20% of sales to Littleport charity 'Branching Out'. 12 Chapel Street, a small town garden, reflecting the owners variety of gardening interests, from alpines to herbaceous plants Divided into informal areas, the beds and borders and all linked by a railway that meanders round the garden. 42 Cambridge Road is a secluded town garden with interesting herbaceous borders, roses, shrubs and trees. The owners are constantly developing their garden, changing things if necessary in order to achieve the vision that they have for the garden. 17b Hills Lane is a garden without grass! Paving and raised beds show how the owners have made their garden manageable for older people, or people with limited mobility. The desire was to future proof it, thinking ahead to what would make the garden manageable in later life, rather than allowing later life to decide the fate of the garden! 5b Downham Road shows how to rise to the challenge of a small interestingly shaped area. Providing a quiet space was important to the owner, the challenge was a high wall on one side, and the wish not to make things appear claustrophobic. Planting creates a tranquil area, with pots, colour and a small greenhouse. Along from the courtyard, a larger garden area is currently being restored by the owners, being claimed back from a period of neglect, which may be open for viewing. The garden at Bishop Woodford House is an informally planted garden bursting with colour and interest. Come and see how to create excitement into late autumn with a wide variety of both familiar and unusual perennials, grasses and shrubs’.

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