Friday 17th April – Free Garden Entry for National Garden Day
National Gardening Week was launched four years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society. Since then it has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. This year, as part of National Garden Week, they are also introducing National Garden Day on 17th April.
We are delighted to be throwing open our garden for free on National Open Garden Day. Free garden entry will apply during normal opening hours on Friday 17th April – 1pm to 5pm. Both garden-owner, Vanessa Cook, and vegetable gardening expert, Tony Chalcraft, will be in the garden to answer your questions and provide hints and tips on how to make the most from your garden. This is the perfect opportunity to be inspired by the variety of the garden and to learn from the experts.
After the success of 2014, when there was free garden entry for just 2 hours, we know that our visitors will welcome the opportunity to start spring with a free visit to Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. Depending on the weather spring flowers such as daffodils and pulmonaria will be in bloom. The garden will be full of bird song as birds arrive in the garden for the breeding season.
You will also be able to buy plants from our large selection of herbaceous plants in the nursery – ask if you need help to make the right choice for your garden.
The Cafe will be open for light refreshments.
As the RHS says
“Gardens are one of the greatest things about the UK and we at National Gardening Week are passionate about them. So passionate that this year, we’re launching the first ever National Open Gardens Day on 17 April and asking gardens that normally charge for entry or that are closed to the public on that day to take part. We want to invite the public to spend the day with us – celebrating and discovering the fantastic, entrancing, historical, beguiling, visual, educational and delicious array of gardens that we are lucky enough to have in this country.”