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East Lambrook Manor Gardens

East Lambrook

The quintessential English cottage garden created by C20 gardening legend Margery Fish. Plantsman's paradise with old-fashioned and contemporary plants grown in a relaxed and informal manner to create an extraordinary garden of great beauty and charm. With noted collections of snowdrops, hellebores and geraniums and the excellent specialist Margery Fish Plant Nursery.
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    The celebrated plantswoman and gardening writer Margery Fish created the garden between 1938 and her death in 1969 and it became famous through her many books including 'We Made a Garden', first published in 1956. Fish wanted to create a garden in keeping with the old medieval manor house and, with no prior gardening knowledge, turned a derelict farmyard and orchards into a cottage garden, the style which Fish championed. The garden has changed remarkably little over the years and it is still essentially her original creation. After she died the garden passed to her nephew before being sold in 1985. Since then successive private owners have nurtured and cared for it so that today it is undoubtedly a 'national treasure'. The garden was given Grade I status by English Heritage in 1992 and it is renowned worldwide as the premier example of the English cottage garden style.

    The garden extends to around an acre and a half but with its many winding paths and different areas such as the Terraces, Silver Garden, Lido, Ditch and Woodland Garden, all packed full of plants, it appears much bigger. Keen gardeners who visit often say they haven't given themselves enough time to take in all the planting but find it inspirational and inevitably take away ideas for their own gardens.

    The display of over 100 named snowdrops in February is always popular, April sees the garden bursting into life with spring bulbs including tulips and in June the garden is sublime. It is always tranquil, never crowded, and tea, coffee and excellent locally made cakes, which in fine weather can be enjoyed in the garden, are available in the garden's 17th century Malthouse.

    Also within the garden, the excellent Margery Fish Plant Nursery specialises in cottage garden plants and interesting perennials with many, including hardy geraniums for which the garden is renowned, propagated from plants in the garden and grown in peat free compost. We also sell numerous named snowdrops in February and offer a range of our own seeds collected from plants in the garden. The Malthouse Gallery has occasional exhibitions of work by local artists.

Features and Attractions

Also open 1 Feb - 31 Oct, Tues to Sat and BH Mons plus Suns in Feb and May to July; (10-5).

Press and Media Coverage

Country Gardener winter 2018, Gardens Illustrated May 2018, The English Garden September 2018.

For other opening times and information, please phone, email or visit garden website.

East Lambrook Manor Gardens- Canceled

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On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

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Owner Information

Mike & Gail Werkmeister
01460 240328
enquiries@eastlambrook.com
http://www.eastlambrook.com

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How to find us

East Lambrook Manor Gardens
Silver Street
East Lambrook
Somerset
TA13 5HH

2m N of South Petherton.
  • More detailed directions
    Follow brown tourist signs from A303 South Petherton r'about or B3165 Xrds with lights N of Martock.
Accessibility information

Main features not accessible to wheelchair users due to narrow paths and steps.

More about East Lambrook Manor Gardens

The celebrated plantswoman and gardening writer Margery Fish created the garden between 1938 and her death in 1969 and it became famous through her many books including 'We Made a Garden', first published in 1956. Fish wanted to create a garden in keeping with the old medieval manor house and, with no prior gardening knowledge, turned a derelict farmyard and orchards into a cottage garden, the style which Fish championed. The garden has changed remarkably little over the years and it is still essentially her original creation. After she died the garden passed to her nephew before being sold in 1985. Since then successive private owners have nurtured and cared for it so that today it is undoubtedly a 'national treasure'. The garden was given Grade I status by English Heritage in 1992 and it is renowned worldwide as the premier example of the English cottage garden style.

The garden extends to around an acre and a half but with its many winding paths and different areas such as the Terraces, Silver Garden, Lido, Ditch and Woodland Garden, all packed full of plants, it appears much bigger. Keen gardeners who visit often say they haven't given themselves enough time to take in all the planting but find it inspirational and inevitably take away ideas for their own gardens.

The display of over 100 named snowdrops in February is always popular, April sees the garden bursting into life with spring bulbs including tulips and in June the garden is sublime. It is always tranquil, never crowded, and tea, coffee and excellent locally made cakes, which in fine weather can be enjoyed in the garden, are available in the garden's 17th century Malthouse.

Also within the garden, the excellent Margery Fish Plant Nursery specialises in cottage garden plants and interesting perennials with many, including hardy geraniums for which the garden is renowned, propagated from plants in the garden and grown in peat free compost. We also sell numerous named snowdrops in February and offer a range of our own seeds collected from plants in the garden. The Malthouse Gallery has occasional exhibitions of work by local artists.

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