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Tucked under the S-facing side of Burton Wood the garden is home to many specialist and unusual plants, some available in plant sale. This 2 acre garden is on two sites, a couple of minutes along an unmade lane. Shrubs, colourful herbaceous, bulbs, alpines and water features compete for attention as you wander through four distinctly different gardens. Always changing, Liz can’t resist a new plant!

Rare and unusual plants sold (70% to NGS) in Neston Market each Friday morning.

Saturday 24 February, Sunday 25 February (1 - 4pm). Admission £3.00, children free.
Sunday 15 April (2 - 5pm). Admission £4.00, children free.

Refreshments in aid of Claire House Children's Hospice.

Visitors also welcome by arrangement April to September. Admission £4.00, children free. Home-made teas.

This garden also opens as part of Burton Village Gardens on Sunday 24 June.

Liz Carter
0151 336 2304

How to find us

Briarfield, The Rake, Burton, Neston, Cheshire, CH64 5TL

9m NW of Chester. Turn off A540 at Willaston-Burton Xrds T-lights & follow rd for 1m to Burton village centre.

More about Briarfield

Briarfield garden had an unpromising start. In 1963 two scientists in their mid twenties bought a bungalow riddled with dry rot and woodworm surrounded by a wilderness of mixed saplings with a ground cover of brambles. The cash went into the house, the unskilled labour into the clearance. A literature survey gave hints of what to plant, while lack of funds honed propagation skills. The inevitable happened and we ended up with more plants than space! In 1976 two paddocks in the lane came up for sale, so we were off again, with a playground for the children and unlimited opportunities to indulge our increasing passion for plants.
The garden(s) are on a south-facing slope, the soil varies from very sandy with underlying sandstone at the top of the hill to reasonable loam towards the bottom. Burton Wood NT provides shelter from the north. Soil pH is around 5.8. Briarfield provides a sheltered environment for many specialist plants. The main garden, three distinct areas in 1.5 acres, has maturing trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders plus a vegetable garden and soft fruit area. Novel water features throughout the site encourage wildlife and provide added interest for visitors. The home garden, a couple of minutes walk along the lane, is more formal with terraces, hidden fernery with pond and a woodland glade. Alpine gravel beds are a feature at both sites.
Plants for sale (70% for ngs) each Friday in Neston Market and on ngs open days.

February/March – remarkably colourful with drifts of snowdrops, aconites, cyclamen coum, camellias, magnolias and early rhododendrons.
April/May – carpets of spring flowers, including erythroniums, uvularia and trilliums beneath flowering trees and shrubs. Alpine beds are at their peak. Podophyllum and arisaema are starting to emerge in the woodlands.
June/July – herbaceous flowers complement lilies and roses. This is a riotous time in the garden with bold colours and evocative perfumes. The vegetables and soft fruit are in full production.
August/September – eucryphia, massed sedum, drifts of colchicum and cyclamen hederifolium blend into the colours of autumn. Apples and plums are ripening quickly. Butterflies and bees everywhere.
October – late flowering shrubs combine with michaelmas daises and other spectacular late herbaceous plants to give a last splash to the season.
November – camellia sasanqua give cheer throughout the winter.