Cobble Hey Gardens

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Garden Category: North West England

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  • Cobble Hey has been a working hill farm for more than 150 years and still raises a wide range of sheep and beef cattle breeds. Set in a delightful location, 600 feet above sea level with stunning views over the Forest of Bowland, the farm has always been a rural beauty spot, but the past 10 years have seen a transformation as Edwina Miller has lavished her attentions on the extensive gardens adjacent to the farmhouse. This labour of love was too good to keep to themselves, and the Millers opened the gardens to the public in 2002. Since then, thousands have visited the farm and been able to share in its beauty and tranquillity. It has also been featured in Lancashire Life and Farmers Guardian. The gardens are based on this working farm. Composed of many cottage garden themed areas, it includes a seaside area based on a wide range of grasses. A woodland bed based on Hellebore, galanthus, digitalis & meconopsis. Small parterre made up of clipped box hedging and a spiral centre. Rockery made up of many alpines. Conifer bed designed by Adrian Bloom (Blooms of Bressingham). Mature woodland with wild flower and grasses area. Stumpery with a large selection of ferns. Woodland walk area with a wide range of plants. A series of three ponds, spring fed, which run through the garden linked by a rill, small stream and shallow stream all bordered with appropriate planting, candalabra primulas etc. Laburnum arch, rose & clematis pergola. The new area of garden is colour themed and consists of six separate gardens. The gardens are home to a wide range of unusual plants sourced from all over the world. The gardens also have strong links with Wisley and Catforth Gardens (recently closed down) from where we took the National Collection of Hardy Geraniums. We are in the process of setting up a National Collection for Phlox paniculata, hellebore, astrantia, and galanthus. Featured in the Plant Finder 2004-5. Plant lovers can also purchase a wide range of specialist plants from the farm’s nursery. The Millers have also worked in conjunction with Countryside Rangers and the RSPB to establish farm walks and information boards to make your experience of this delightful rural setting and important wetland bird habitat even more pleasurable. Open February to early November from Thursday to Sunday 10.30 a.m.- 4.30 p.m. Open gardens, unusual plants for sale, tea rooms, gift shop, play ground working farm, Lapwing walk Private bookings welcome. Contact for further information.

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