A garden forever changing to reflect the seasons, this year starting with one of our earliest flowers, the snowdrop. Approximately a third acre informal cottage garden with steep meandering paths on different levels, leading to stream with mini Monet-style bridge and pond beyond. Plenty of seats to rest upon, if it's not too chilly, but crumpets and teacakes available to warm up with.
Friday 16 February, Sunday 18 February (12 - 4pm). Admission £3.50, children free. Home-made teas.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement February to September for groups up to 10. For snowdrops or spring opening please telephone. Admission £3.50, children free.
Margaret & Hugh O'Reilly
Due to the steep nature of the garden we are very sorry but there is no wheelchair access.
How to find us
1 Elia Cottage, Nether Street, Widford, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 8TH
B1004 from Ware, Wareside to Widford past Green Man Pub into dip at Xrd take R Nether St. 8m W of Bishop's Stortford on B1004 through Much Hadham at Widford sign turn L. B180 from Stanstead Abbots.
More about 1 Elia Cottage
If you are looking for a manicured formal garden then 1 Elia Cottage Garden is not for you. The garden is approx. a third of an acre. Here a variety of wild flowers compete with cottage garden flowers, clematis and roses including a 60' Paul's Himalayan musk rose. In early spring snowdrops and Helibores abound, followed by daffodils and chionodoxas. There is a mini Monet style bridge across the stream leading to a small pond and cascade. At the end of the garden a primrose path can be found. Summer sports a small wild flower area with moon daisies and corn cockles. There are plenty of seats but the garden is steep with narrow winding paths that are slippery in wet weather. Odd pieces of art and statues peep at you from various vistas. A garden formed with nature in mind including a tame robin. Although mice and voles can be a pain and eat new shoots so some odd barriers can be seen around some plants!