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Fern Bank

St. Bees

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.
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    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.

Features and Attractions

Poetry trail through the garden.

Fern Bank- Canceled

Refreshments:

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.

Admission by donation

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  • Regular opening
  • Open by arrangement only
  • Cancelled opening
Owner Information

Chris & Charm Robson

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How to find us

Fern Bank
High House Road
St. Bees
Cumbria
CA27 0BZ

At the edge of the village going out towards A595.
  • More detailed directions
    2m from A595 down road signed St Bees unsuitable for long vehicles (or something like that), or B5345 from Whitehaven.
Accessibility information

The entrance level where teas are served is wheelchair accessible but because of the steep slopes the rest of the garden is not accessible.

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.

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