Located in St Bees village, this is a spring garden on different levels with natural planting. Nearest the house lawns and borders lead down to the ‘secret’ garden via a pergola clad with roses, wisteria and clematis. Hidden away are 5 ponds surrounded by trees and boardwalks, a haven for wildlife. In Spring this area is lit up by snowdrops, leucojum, marsh marigolds and daffodils.
Poetry trail through the garden.
Sunday 8 April (12 - 5pm). Admission £3.50, children free. Home-made teas.
Chris & Charm Robson
The entrance level where teas are served is wheelchair accessible but because of the steep slopes the rest of the garden is not accessible.
How to find us
Fern Bank, High House Road, St. Bees, Cumberland, CA27 0BZ
At the edge of the village going out towards A595. 2m from A595 down road signed St Bees unsuitable for long vehicles (or something like that), or B5345 from Whitehaven.
More about Fern Bank
The garden is located in the pretty village of St Bees with its spectacular beach and the start of the Coast to Coast walk.
The garden is on 4 levels on a steep bank.
The entrance level has shrubs, flowers and geraniums and lilies in pots beside the drive and on the terrace. The second level has lawns, an herbaceous border, English Roses, wisteria, clematis and roses. Below that is the orchard and beyond that the 'secret' wild garden that is not visible from the road. This area has been specifically managed for wildlife. Along the streams & the pond edges is the attractive (but possibly too invasive!) skunk cabbage. In early spring the garden has a 'white phase' of snowdrops and Leucojum gravetye, followed by a 'yellow phase' with marsh marigolds, narcissi and daffodils. Later in the year this part of the garden is colourful with shrubs, rhododendrons and then water lilies.