Farley Hill Place Gardens
A working walled garden
Farley Hill Place Gardens dates back to the reign of George II, being built from 1729 as a productive garden for a Georgian manor house. It was owned by Mr John Walter, uncle of the founder of the Times Newspaper in 1730.
With its 1½ acre walled garden, fine Victorian glasshouse, fine old apple trees and hazel coppice, Farley Hill Place Gardens take you back in time to when they produced fruit, vegetables and flowers for the ‘big house’. Open for charity and by appointment, the gardens also host a wide range of practical gardening courses and talks to help you become a better gardener.
As a visitor, you’ll get a warm and enthusiastic welcome from owners Margaret and Tony Finch, who cultivate, maintain and manage the gardens themselves.
A garden for all seasons
These fully working gardens cover four acres in total and are being gradually reclaimed and replanted with a mixture of traditional and modern plant varieties. Well-stocked shrub and herbaceous borders, incorporating a number of mature trees, are highly decorative in all seasons and provide useful material to cut for floristry demonstrations and courses. The walled gardens are particularly interesting as they demonstrate what to grow in different aspects.
Large areas are also devoted to the cultivation of an extensive range of seasonal vegetable crops and annual flowers for cutting. This produce is sold at local markets and can also be bought during the height of the season. Squashes, pumpkins and courgettes are a particular speciality at Farley Hill Place Gardens, with their late summer and autumn fruits creating a colourful harvest.
The restored Victorian glasshouse is used for practical courses and demonstrations, as well as to grow grapes and a wide range of Heritage and modern tomato varieties.
The majority of plants in the gardens are raised from seed or propagated from cuttings, and a small nursery offers some of these for sale to garden visitors.