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Open Wed & BH Mons, 11am–5pm, 1 Apr–30 Sept (special opening for Snowdrop Walks, 1 Feb–1 Mar & Bluebell Walks, 25 Apr–3 May).

RODE HALL GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Church Lane
Scholar Green
Stoke on Trent
ST7 3QP

5 miles south-west of Congleton between A34 & A50.

10 acres

Tel
01270 873237

Visit website

Admission

Non-member adult £5.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open (except Snowdrop Walks on 1 Feb–1 Mar, Bluebell Walks on 25 Apr–3 May & Specialist Plant Fair on 25 May).

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Dogs welcome
  • facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Plants for sale
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets

Features

  • Cottage planting
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Randle Baker Wilbraham

Designed By
Humphry Repton

Rode Hall Gardens is set in a beautiful landscape designed by Humphry Repton in 1790. The extensive grounds include a formal rose garden designed by Nesfield in 1860, terraced rock garden, woodland garden and a two-acre walled kitchen garden.

The season starts with the Snowdrop Walks – a beautiful end-of-winter walk for all the family with a wonderfully diverse landscape and more than 70 varieties of snowdrops. Walk along paths among carpets of white flowers on an enchanting mile-long route.

Take in the wild beauty of cascading snowdrops in the Old Wood and Wild Garden as well as the scenic path down to the lake with drifts of snowdrops in the borders of the formal Nesfield garden in front of the hall.

Spring boasts a large variety of rhododendrons and azaleas, which are followed by a delightful display of ancient bluebells in May. The Bluebell Walk has become more extensive due to the recent discovery and restoration of an old path through the Old Wood, previously used by villagers walking to the house in the 1800s.

The kitchen garden comes into its own in the summer months and the rows upon rows of fruit and vegetables are a sight to behold. It is also home to world record-breaking gooseberries and provides all the fruit and vegetables for the tearooms and monthly farmers' market.

Plants of special interest

  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Cut flowers
  • Hellebores
  • Laburnum
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Snowdrops
  • Vegetables

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.