About the garden
Due to personal circumstances, the garden will be closed to visitors in 2022
Set into the side of a beautiful valley in the north-west corner of Jersey in the Parish of St Ouen is a garden created by Judith and Nigel Quérée. The areas that are now gardens were full of household rubbish – even an old car emerged from the undergrowth. Now, four decades on, two distinct gardens have been created with a collection of more than 2,000 plants originating from all over the world – including a collection of more than 100 salvias and more than 200 clematis that can be seen climbing on every fence or rose.
The dry garden around the 350-year-old cottage contains many salvias and a myriad of sun lovers and plants that cope with drier shade. A Campsis radicans
cascades over the Welsh slate roof and a Pandorea jasminoides
and Rosa banksiae
thrive against the warm pink granite of the cottage.
Accessed by a wooden walkway the lower garden takes you to the valley floor where natural underground springs provide moisture in even the driest years for plants like Iris
. Under a canopy of old Jersey oaks, a collection of seven different species of tree fern relish the humid dappled shade.
Surrounding the gardens are three meadows – years of dedicated work have made them into grass and wildflower-filled wildlife havens for many insects, mammals and birds. For example, providing an important habitat for a healthy population of voles enabling resident barn owls to breed successfully. Nut and fruit trees of every kind provide important food for wonderful red squirrels that thrive in Jersey. Also, a large collection of sculpture by British artists adds interest and humour.