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Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

West Stow
Bury St Edmunds
IP28 6HD

Follow signs off A1101 to Anglo-Saxon village; continue past the entrance to the Anglo-Saxon Village garden is approx. 0.6miles on the right and a sign is at the entrance.

7 acres

01284 728888

Visit website

Opening Hours

5 Nov–17 Dec: 11am–4pm (Sat only) Feb: 11am–3pm (Weds & Fri) 1 Apr–29 Oct: 2pm–5pm (Wed), 11am–5pm (Fri–Sun)


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies 2pm–5pm, Wed, 1 Apr–29 Oct.


  • Assistance dogs only
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets


  • Autumn colour
  • Pond or lake

About the garden

Owned by

Fullers Mill is an enchanting quiet waterside oasis, created by the late Bernard Tickner MBE, who started developing the garden in 1958.  
Set near Bury St Edmunds in the heart of Suffolk, this seven-acre garden sits on the banks of the River Lark and Culford Stream and has its own Mill Pond.     

This tranquil garden surprises with a plantsman’s collection of rare and unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants. A Mediterranean influence of planting runs through the The Quandaries, while alpines grow charmingly on the terraces in the Low Garden, which is a mix of shady areas and sunny clearings.    

During the last year, some of the garden areas have been rejuvenated. New plants, which will be in their full glory in mid-summer, have been introduced. These include Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’ becoming a beautiful golden yellow and Tilia henryana - Henry’s Lime with its stunning heart-shaped leaves and a fragrant display of small creamy-white flowers.    

Visitors can explore the unique collection of plants and shrubs before tucking into tea, cake and ice cream from the Bothy Tea Room. You can also purchase plants grown by the gardeners to take home.  Head gardener Annie Dellbridge and her team of gardeners and volunteers maintain the garden for the enjoyment of visitors from April to October. There are exclusive open days during the winter months, such as our snowdrop events.    

Fullers Mill won the 2021 RHS Partner Garden of the Year Award for the Midlands and East Anglia region and 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award.

In 2013, the garden was gifted to the charity Perennial – the UK’s only charity that looks after people in horticulture and their families at any stage of life – for its long-term preservation. Visit perennial.org.uk for further information about Perennial and the support provided.

Please note: this garden is partially accessible.

Plants of special interest

  • Alpines
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Lilies
  • Primulas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs

Get involved

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