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Churchill College

42 acre site designed in 1960s for foliage and form, to provide year round interest in peaceful and relaxing surrounds with courtyards, large open spaces and specimen trees. 10m x 5m orchid house, herbaceous plantings. Beautiful grouping of Prunus Tai Haku (great white cherry) trees forming striking canopy and drifts of naturalised bulbs in grass around the site. The planting provides a setting for the impressive collection of modern sculpture.

Orchid house, Sculptures.

Sunday 15 April (2 - 5pm). Combined admission with Fitzwilliam College £5.00, children free. Light refreshments.

University of Cambridge

The greenhouse is restricted in size.

How to find us

Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0DS

1m from M11 J13. 1m NW of Cambridge city centre. Turn into Storeys Way from Madingley Rd (A1303), or from Huntingdon Rd (A1307). Parking on site.

More about Churchill College

Churchill College opened in the 1960's as a memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. There is an Oak and Mulberry tree planted by Sir Winston in the grounds. The gardens were planted in the 1960's style of the time which was to use mainly foliage but over the last 19 years extensive re-planting has been carried out. The aim has been to keep to the original concept while bringing it up to date with added plantings of herbaceous plants, grasses, lavenders and roses. This has given us colour all year round. There are bulbs naturalised in drifts around the grounds including about 20,000 daffodils near the Chapel which are planted under various Acers, Magnolia's and Cornus kousa's to mention a few. There are many unusual trees planted including a foxglove tree, pocket handkerchief tree, tulip tree and many more. The latest border being created is one that contains all the plants named after Sir Winston Churchill. We have set up an orchid house in a greenhouse that is 10x5m in size and the collection currently has over 200different orchids mainly temperate. Due to the narrow paths around the benches, wheelchair access will be very difficult. On the open day a map of the site along with a sculpture guide and map of the most significant trees is given out. The chapel is open unless there is a service and it has John Piper stained glass windows.

I hope you do come and visit and that you enjoy your time here.

Click here to read The Garden Gate is Open blog on this garden


John Moore
Head of Grounds & Gardens.