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Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens and Nurseries

Stillingfleet Lodge Garden is a quintessentially English garden, managed to be as wildlife friendly as possible. It is our family garden, lovingly
planted-up over 40 years and now comprises a series of small gardens surrounding our family home, opening out into an avenue that leads to a wild flower meadow.  The planting emphasises a cottage garden style and every part is maintained organically. We purposefully leave seed heads as food for birds and limit cutting back to provide habitat for insects.

For visitors who prefer more formal gardens we have incorporated an elegant rill garden with minimalistic planting.

The perennial wild flower meadow is a haven for native plants and wildlife and we encourage visitors to sit and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere around the naturally planted pond. In keeping with our ethos of sustainability, we now have an organic vegetable plot, which is very much our kitchen garden. Together with the orchard and our rare breeds of  poultry the garden provides us with food throughout the year.

Situated just 6 miles from York, the Gardens have received glowing reviews from both national newspapers and magazines.

 The Gardens

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The garden incorporates a series of sumptuous herbaceous borders that change with the seasons and attract many species of insects. Foliage is used to add interest and texture to the beds and we use a range of shade-loving plants to provide colour throughout the year.

The Nurseries

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Many of the plants in the garden are available to buy in our well-stocked plant nursery,where we have a particularly large selection of pulmonarias and geraniums. There is a huge selection of plants that thrive in the shade.

Art Exhibitions

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Every month we host an exhibition from a different artist in the Cafe.  In addition we have a sculpture exhibition in the garden every August. In 2015 this will feature Wire, Willow and Copper art.

The Cafe

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Homemade cakes and refreshing teas within our courtyard café are a must for every visitor. The cafe area in our lovely renovated barn is a place to sit, relax and enjoy the peace. 


We are open at various times between April and September – please see our Visitor Information Page for dates and times. The gardens are large enough to spend an hour or two exploring but there is still a feeling of an intimate secret garden.


Next Workshop – 13th April

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Examples of Alice’s willow obelisks

Willow Weaving

Learn how to make a willow obelisk and take it home for your garden in this course with Alice Wilson.  Read more

Recent quotes:
“Worth a long journey to visit” – RHS Gardens.
“One of the best cottage gardens” – Gardens Illustrated.
“Inspired plant combination… a tranquil delight” – Daily Telegraph.
“At Stillingfleet Lodge nature and nurture combine to create a harmonious whole” – The Garden Magazine.
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