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Open 10am–5pm, Tue–Sat & BH, 1 Mar–31 Oct.

STONYFORD COTTAGE GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Stonyford Lane
Cuddington
Northwich
Cheshire
CW8 2TF

2 miles west of Cuddington; follow brown tourist signs from A556.

2.5 acres (1ha)

Tel
01606 888970

Visit website

Admission

Non-member adult £4.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open (gardens only).

National Gardening Scheme dates

Please see NGS website

Facilities

  • Disabled access
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Plants for sale
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets

Features

  • Bog garden
  • Pond or lake
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Water garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
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.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Camellias
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Lilies
  • Maple
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Waterlilies

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