Please note: The Japanese Garden at Capel Manor is currently closed for rejuvenation works by Rhino Rock.

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)
  • 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
  • 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