About the garden
Started by the Weeks family in 1991, Merriments Gardens grew out of a bare clay field to become four remarkable acres of creative design and beautiful planting. Deep, sweeping borders that are imaginatively designed with carefully chosen planting combine colour, form and texture to ensure that each area blends seamlessly into the next to create a satisfying and harmonious whole.
Designed to inspire visitors through the seasons, spring starts with a pastel palette of crocus and wood anemones underplanted in the Silver Birch Glade and drifts of Camassia in the Grass Meadow, but the real highlight is the swathes of tulips with more than 10,000 being planted every year. Developing through the months, the hotter the weather, the more vibrant the colours become, finally peaking in the attractive autumn colours of the many trees planted throughout the gardens.
In contrast to the clouds of colour, a certain calm is to be found in the structure and tranquillity of the Formal Garden with its clipped box hedges, the soft rustle of grasses and murmuring water of the rill. Other features include foliage borders, a system of ponds with a waterfall and stream, and a new Asian-inspired area with a water feature, pond and bridge. At the bottom of the south-facing site, opening out into the surrounding countryside, is a wildlife area providing habitats and food for many species complete with bird-hide.
Under new ownership since June 2017, there is a programme of works ongoing to both restore the gardens to their former glory and introduce some new features and planting, such as a newly planted fernery, seasonal tropical beds and many trees being added. Specialising in unusual perennials, much of the planting seen in the gardens is propagated and grown on site, and is available to purchase in the plant centre.