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10.30-3pm, including a set seasonal lunch, £56 or £51 for Gold Friends of the Garden or RHS members.

Sorry, no dogs.20 minutes before we open and we are delighted to see so many stallholders with fantastic Christmas gifts, the sun is shining, Christmas music is playing, and we're all looking forward to a fabulous day!

Open today and tomorrow 10-4pm 26 & 27th November We're gearing up for the Christmas Fayre this weekend and the weather looks promising!

The Gravel Garden has inspired gardeners and photographers for years.

We maintain free entry Gravel Garden so that anyone may visit and see the plants that thrive there all year round...

Shady areas make homes for woodland plants, while water gardens surround four large pools, which lie in the spring-fed hollow.

The impact of the lush green growth there is almost overpowering.

We took our picnic along and popped into the cafe for the odd drink.

After lunch the children got building their bug hotels using bamboo and various other bits and pieces.

The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits.

Next we hunted out the mini beasts and collected various foliage and twigs to use after lunch.

By selecting plants adapted by nature to these situations, three contrasting gardens have evolved over the past 50 years.