Amongst the finest in Europe the Gardens have been created over the last 250 years by successive generations of the same family. They offer an unusual blend of long history and traditional design with inspired modern ideas and additions. The result is a garden rich in atmosphere, interest and vitality.
The Herbaceous Border is its best know feature which is thought to be the first border of its kind planted in England. This along with the unique Quercus Ilex Columns, Pleached Lime Avenue of trees and the furlong walk make this simply the most amazing and interesting garden.
Within its eight acres of formal garden, which can take you several hours to meander around, there are many different areas, each with its own distinctive character. On the NE side of the house, beyond the Chapel is The Grove, a well established arboretum and a Woodland Walk of about 6 or 7 acre. The Grove has a pathway approx 1/3rd of a mile long and it will take you approx 30 minutes to walk around depending on your pace and interest in the planting, while the Woodland Walk is approx 1/5th of a mile long and will take you approx 15 minutes to walk, once again depending on your pace.
At Arley you will see a huge range of plants of all kinds, making it a treasure trove both for the keen plantsman and for the less specialised visitor. Both The Grove and Woodland walk are not suitable for wheelchair access during wet periods, however the Gardens has good wheelchair access, no matter what the weather.
Chris Beardshaw at Arley
Chris as been a judge at our annual Garden Festival which is held in June and has said “Arley is one of the best examples of a garden that’s been designed and maintained by the same family anywhere in Britain and the jewel in their crown are the herbaceous borders which are not only the earliest but also one of the finest examples of this horticultural art you are likely to see anywhere in the world” a fitting tribute from such an experienced horticulturalist to the Arley Gardens.
To view what Chris had to say when he last visited click below:
A Map of The Gardens
Dogs are very welcome on a lead, we provide water bowls, poo bins and even dog ice-cream! Dogs are welcome in The Gardener’s Kitchen.
“The whole day at Arley was absolutely brilliant.
The Gardens are absolutely breath taking. I took the time to explore them with my husband, mother in law and 2 children and we all enjoyed them. We particularly enjoyed the kitchen garden and enjoyed the herbaceous border, colour, variety and the topiary. I thought gardens like this only existed in my imagination from a childhood story book. Truly beautiful, you must be so proud. It motivated me to go home and tend to my garden the very next day.
Warm regards Gillian Sands”