About the garden
Tony & Jan Overland
The gardens are family owned and were created from a wetland area around a tranquil lake in a sheltered valley on the edge of Delamere Forest. This is an informal garden where shade and moisture-loving plants, including primulas, astilbes and hostas grow among natural wooded areas.
Paths lead the visitor over bridges, to an island where groups of alder and willow grow through the water, reminiscent of the 'everglades'. Many unusual woodland plants reside here including Rodgersia, Trillium and Brunnera, along with poolside trees such as the swamp cypress and the dawn redwood.
Beautiful views across the lake to the cottage gardens lead the eye over the waterside iris, giant marsh marigolds and borders of summer flowering perennials, set around rarer trees and shrubs. The gardens open up along a Monet-style bridge to an island setting which leads onto the cottage gardens, and a boarded walk through an area of wet woodland, which is a site of biological importance. Bamboos, lily ponds and a hidden embankment pathway lead the visitor to explore.
An onsite tearoom is set within its own garden setting, serving hot food and snacks. Events and workshops happen throughout the year and there is also an onsite nursery selling a good selection of plants and stoneware.