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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.

1.5 acres

Tel
01606 888970

Visit website

Opening Hours

Tue–Fri, 10am–5pm, 1 Mar–31 Oct.

Admission

Non-member adult £5.

RHS members

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

Facilities

  • Accessible garden
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Bog garden
  • Champion trees
  • Cottage planting
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Water garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Tony 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 private cottage gardens, and a boarded walk through an area of wet woodland, which is a site of biological importance. 

Visitors enter the gardens through the Plant Nursery which offers a good selection of Perennials, Shrubs, Alpines and garden ornaments. Mail order is also available via their online shop.

Plants of special interest

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

Get involved

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