The post of 17 March (below) has discussed the problems caused by the severe spring weather and raised the possibility of not being able to open as planned on 30 March. In spite of two pleasant days (24/25 March) the forecast for Easter is not good. To make the best of a difficult situation we have decided:
The cafe will open on 30th March for Easter weekend (Friday to Monday) and the garden will be partially open. This will allow visitors access to two follies (the Stone Tower and the Bottle Grotto, but not the Cuckoo Clock) and a short walk around the Bog Garden and to give a general view over the pond. This access will be charged at half of the normal entrance. Weekend opening (Saturday and Sunday only) will also be applied to the next three weekends with full seven day opening starting on Monday 23 April. If the weather improves seven day opening may be started earlier and would be notified on this website.
NEWS at 17 March 2018
It is being an exceptional spring with extended cold, snow and now flooding keeping the growth very late. However there is still two weeks before the planned opening date and it is extraordinary how quickly the Spring can change things once we have some warmth. In any case anyone paying for entrance during April will be given a voucher for half price return later in the summer. Today the garden bog area looks like this:
Normally it would look like this:
Unless the weather improves and the grass dries it may be impossible to open on 30th March as planned. Please watch the website for updates.
In the meantime you may like to see that the frogs found a day of Spring!
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It is now 18 years since I started making this garden – and love it here. I hope and think you will enjoy it too. It is certainly both beautiful and fun. Words which crop up often in the visitors’ book are ‘different’ and ‘unusual’ (meant, I think, as compliments!) and ‘inspirational’ appears a lot.
Gardener’s World visited us in July 2016
Take a moment to look at this excerpt from Gardener’s World and visit the other good films and press articles about the garden.
I won’t try to describe it. It’s better that you look at the pictures or press cuttings or perhaps the video films made by garden visitors (see other Videos). But it is worth saying three things: that the garden opens up slowly so there is always new interest as you go round corners, that there are plenty of benches to sit on, and that it has splendid views to the surrounding Herefordshire hills and meadows.
Fourteen years ago the urge to use an old water wheel led me to build a tower which people have enjoyed so much that it led to other follies, the latest being a giant water powered cuckoo clock which you may have seen on the TV. Children love the mound with its spiral walk to a surprisingly high view point, and to explore the path through the giant leaves of the gunnera.
We’ve got a really good cafe for coffee, lunches and teas, and have plenty of space inside or outside by the stream.
In the large plant sales area Liz Edwards produces an unusual range of perennials for all types of soil but particularly specializing in moisture lovers, all potted from the garden.
You will find us in the beautiful Welsh Marches close to the ‘Black-and-White’ village of Pembridge.
Westonbury Mill is an excellent venue for weddings and other celebrations. Take look at our Events page.
Come and visit us and you will receive a warm welcome.