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.
Also open 1 Feb - 31 Oct, Tues to Sat and BH Mons plus Suns in Feb and May to July; (10-5).
Opening for NGS:
Saturday 17 February, Sunday 13 May, Saturday 2 June (10am - 5pm). Admission £6.00, children free. Tea.
Mike & Gail Werkmeister
Main features not accessible to wheelchair users due to narrow paths and steps.
How to find us
East Lambrook Manor Gardens, Silver Street, East Lambrook, Somerset, TA13 5HH
2m N of South Petherton. Follow brown tourist signs from A303 South Petherton r'about or B3165 Xrds with lights N of Martock.
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 was made famous in her many books including 'We Made a Garden', first published in 1956. After she died the garden passed to her nephew before being sold in 1985. By some quirk of fate the garden she created has survived with three successive private owners nurturing and caring for it so that today it is undoubtedly a 'national treasure'. Although now more mature it is still essentially her original creation. The garden was given Grade I status by English Heritage in 1992 and is renowned worldwide as the premier example of the English cottage garden style.
The garden measures 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. 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 17th century Malthouse situated in the middle of the garden.
Also within the garden, the excellent Margery Fish Plant Nursery specialises in cottage garden plants and interesting perennials with many propagated from plants in the garden, including hardy geraniums for which the garden is well known. We also sell named snowdrops in February and offer a range of our own seeds collected from plants in the garden. Peat free compost is used throughout. The Malthouse Gallery has occasional exhibitions of work by local artists.