Green Island Gardens, Ardleigh

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#5 of 10 in Parks in Colchester
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  • August 15, 2017
    Bit disappointed. Basically lots of trees. Stagnant ponds. It all felt a bit tired and in need of tlc. Not sure what the secret garden was about? Tropical garden?? Nice garden for peace and quiet. Fri...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Such lovely gardens and forest to walk about in, plenty of space to push a buggy around as paths have been made all around do you don't miss a thing. Very friendly staff. Lovely tea room serving delic...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Had a group visit for our car club which stated with tea/coffee and home made cakes followed by a guided tour by our host Fiona Edmunds. The tour was enjoyed by everyone it continued for almost double...  more »
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  • Beautiful gardens, very peaceful. Had a nice simple lunch in the cafe. Only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is for the lack of labelling of plants in the garden and the two massive dog turds on the lawns, presumably down to the two lovely canines who live there, but really should have been cleared up.
  • It was a beautiful May day and my group spent over 2 hours on a tour with Fiona Edmond as she took us through the history of how the gardens were established and the different areas of soil and planting decisions. I am not a gardener and learned a huge amount in terms of types of soil and planting for leaf shape, colour and smell as well as all the pretty flowers which I naively assumed are the main basis of gardens. If you ever get the chance of a tour take it, even the gardeners in my group learnt a lot. She shared her years of experience e.g. don't believe what the books say about growing acers, how trees behave to try to preserve themselves when challenged by health and the environment. It was refreshing to hear an experienced gardener say she could not grow plants in certain areas (soil issues), so many come across as being able to grow anything anywhere I always feel doomed to fail. As a non gardener I came away inspired and felt I could achieve. I now want to grow a burnt sugar smelling tree and a stand alone wisteria tree! The colour was impressive with the different flowering azaleas and rhododendrons, but I want to go back in the autumn and see the leaves on the trees. These are not stuffy formal gardens but a personal journey of her private gardens attached to the family house which has been opened up to the public to share. The wooden sculptures and good for both young and old who are young! Oh yes, and the cafe was great for light snacks.
  • OK. But the website is not an accurate indication of the size and quality if the garden
  • Can't recommend this garden too highly. It is attractivelylaid outwith several island beds and borders near the house. The recommended times to visit are late spring and late October when there is a blaze of colour from numerous acers. We went in late September but a lot was still in flower, including a spectacular hydrangea paniculata and a pretty purple flowered shrub and asters.There was also a lot of foliage and shape and height variation. The staff were exceptionally helpful and patient in answering questions. There is a good light lunch menu, soup, delicious toasted sandwiches and salad, and cakes.. We spent a hapopy 2 hours there including lunch.
  • Beautiful, they even have natural part. Big plus for pond and nice pond plants.

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