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Docwra's Manor

2½ acres of choice plants in a series of enclosed gardens. Tulips and Judas trees. Opened for the NGS for more than 40yrs. The garden is featured in great detail in a book published 2013 'The Gardens of England' edited by George Plumptre.

Opening for NGS:
Sunday 22 April (2 - 4.30pm). Admission £5.00, children free. Home-made teas.

Refreshments in aid of Shepreth Church.

Mrs Faith Raven

For other opening times and information, please phone 01763 260677 or visit

Wheelchair access to most parts of the garden, gravel paths.

How to find us

Docwra's Manor, 2 Meldreth Road, Shepreth, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 6PS

8m S of Cambridge. ½m W of A10. Garden is opp the War Memorial in Shepreth. King's Cross-Cambridge train stop 5 min walk.

More about Docwra's Manor

The garden of Docwra's Manor has been planted inside the walls of a farmyard, some parts of which may date back to the Middle Ages. To wander round is to explore the excitement given to a flat dry site by the dividing hedges of yew, beech, lilac and cordon apples, so that each section has developed a different character. In early spring there are snowdrops, cyclamen and hellebores, followed by daffodils and lily-flowered tulips. Later come the plants with a Mediterranean background, cistus, rock rose, eryngium and thistles alongside the main flowering of herbaceous perennials in the Walled Garden. Autumn is the time for more cyclamen, colchicum and nerine. Each division of the garden reaches its climax at a different time and visitors can wander round and choose ideas for plant associations suitable to their own conditions. Species like those that might be found in the wild in different parts of the world are preferred to those bred by the hybridizer's art. Much of the colouring is muted, with soft shades acting as a foil to spot planting of stronger hue. Self-seeding is encouraged and the resulting seedlings coaxed and pruned to fit in with the overall design. There is little segregation by size or form. Roses and clematis spray out from the tops of trees and bulbs pop up between cobbles and through gravel. The prevailing impression is of ebullient growth to the point of raising fears for the survival of the more delicate species. The garden designer, though not entirely ousted, has had to yield pride of place to the plantsman.