Visiting the Gardens

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Our beautiful 30 acre estate, first established in the late 13th century, provides a colourful and scented oasis surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. It offers a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at Greater London’s only Specialist College for those interested in plants, animals and the environment.

Our gardens include . . .

Japanese Garden (which seeks balance between the ‘in’ and ‘yo’ – the Japanese equivalent of the Chinese ‘yin’ and ‘yang’)

The Queen Mother’s Garden

Sunflower Street (Minimalist, Family, Rustic, Cottage, Victorian, Modern and Mediterranean Gardens designed by former students)

National Gardening Centre (front and back domestic sized gardens to offer inspiration)

The Australian Garden, 2011 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner. In Association with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Outdoor Classroom Garden

Le Jardin De Vincent (inspired by Vincent van Gogh, a Chelsea Flower Show Silver Gilt Medal Winner in 2007) & the Recycled Garden

Secured By Design (showing how beauty, nature and security can co-exist) & Family Friendly (aka the Upwardly Mobile Garden, a 2010 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner)

Growing Together In Faith Garden (looking at how the rose pervades Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism providing common ground and shared roots)

Victorian Garden

17th Century Style Gardens & Well

Koi Pond & Japanese Rock Garden (incorporating 175 tonnes of Macclesfield rock)

Italianate Maze With Viewing Platform (designed and created by Adrian Fisher, the world’s most prolific maze designer)

Woodland Walk

The Walled Garden (producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers for the Manor House and housing several plant collections)

Scented Pelargonium House

Display House (including a Cactus collection)

Victorian Stables

Amphitheatre (home to many of our open air theatre events)

The Old Manor House Garden (phase 1 opened by Her Majesty the Queen in June 2010)

No-Dig Vegetable Plot

Which? Gardening Trial Gardens (looking for the best varieties for the amateur gardener)

Make the most of your visit . . .

Free car parking

Guided walks (by arrangement) with special rates (group visits only)

A full and varied programme of events and activities

Terrace Restaurant serving hot and cold food

The Hessayon Visitor Centre with gift shop and plant sales area

Dogs are allowed on a lead (Please follow these guidelines)

Private functions including children’s birthday parties on request

Explore the area and combine your visit with a trip to Enfield’s other beauties such as Forty Hall and Myddelton House and nearby Crews Hill packed with garden centres