Dorothy Clive Garden
Attraction in Market Drayton, Shropshire
The Dorothy Clive Garden is delightfully woven into the magnificent tapestry of the Shropshire, North Staffordshire and Cheshire borders and has spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
It is both formal and informal hosting a network of paths that invite the visitor to explore and discover the intimacy and tranquillity of the garden.
There are a variety of landscape features including a woodland garden and waterfall - displaying a large collection of rhododendrons and azaleas - a hillside alpine scree and pool, a 30m long laburnum arch, a summer flowering rose walk, vibrant seasonal borders, a new edible woodland for 2013 and a diverse collection of unusual plants, shrubs, trees including magnolias and camellias.
The garden was created in the 1940s by Colonel Harry Clive for the enjoyment and pleasure of his wife Dorothy. Originally a disused gravel quarry, the garden was transformed by Clive into a woodland garden for Dorothy who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Colonel Clive’s ambition was to create a beautiful and fascinating garden where his ailing wife Dorothy could enjoy her daily walks.
The garden subsequently became the focus of Colonel Harry Clive’s life. In 1958 it was set up as a charitable garden trust with the objectives of maintaining, enhancing and developing a garden inspired by the memory of the late Dorothy Clive - to be used for the enjoyment and benefit of the public - and to support horticultural education for the continuing benefit of both students and the general public.
Now managed by expert horticulturalist and BBC gardening show panellist, Marcus Chilton-Jones and his team, the garden has gone from strength-to-strength and attracts approximately 25,000 visitors a year. The garden hosts a range of horticulturally inspired events throughout the open season, including the twice yearly Plant Hunters’ Fair and the Annual Chilli Festival. There are also special events for children including garden trails, giant games and summer picnics. For further information, please visit the website: www.dorothyclivegarden.co.uk.
A quintessentially English tearoom is situated in the centre of the garden by a terrace lawn, selling delicious homemade food, cream teas and a selection of hot and cold drinks. The tearoom is open from 11am to 5pm daily throughout the open season and the menu can be found on the website http://www.dorothyclivegarden.co.uk/. A gift shop selling local crafts, jewellery, jams, chutneys and pickles is adjacent to the garden tearoom and open daily throughout the open season from 11am to 4pm.
There is also a newly designed children’s play area at the back of the tearoom with a robust ‘buzz tower’ with rock climber, log ramp and slide all built on a soft rubber mulch flooring which 100% recycled and toy safe.
The garden is situated on the A51, two miles from the village of Woore, mid way between Nantwich and Stone and just 7 miles from the local medieval town of Market Drayton. Junction 15 on the M6 is only 15 miles away and the garden is also just 20 miles from the Welsh border.
Facilities are available for disabled visitors. Parking is free and dogs are admitted on leads.
Main Season opening:
1st April to 30th September 2015, seven days a week, from 10am to 5.30pm.
Adults admitted at £7.00, state pensioners and NUS students at £6.50.
Children 0-4 years are admitted for free. Children between 5-17 years are admitted at £2.00.
The garden tearoom will be open from 11am to 5pm daily during this period selling a range of homemade and locally sourced food such as Staffordshire oatcakes, fresh sandwiches, freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam and a selection of delicious cakes. Catering is available for vegetarians and those with gluten free and celiac specific diets.
The gift room selling local crafts, jewellery, jams, chutneys and pickles is adjacent to the garden tearoom is open daily from 11am to 4pm.
Exclusive Low Season Opening:
Open all weekends in October 2015 until March 2016 from 10am to 4.00pm.
Discounted admission price of £3.50 per person. Children 0-4 years are admitted for free. Children between 5-17 years are admitted at £2.00. Free for members.
The garden tearoom will be serving a seasonal menu including homemade soup, delicious cakes and fresh cream teas. Hot and cold drinks are also available. Catering is available for vegetarians and those with gluten free and celiac specific diets.
All fundraising and special events are £3.50 per person, apart from the Plant Hunters’ Fair which is £3.00 per person.
Between 10 and 20 people, admission is £6.00 (free entry and complimentary refreshments for coach driver).
20 or more people, admission is £6.00 (complimentary refreshments and free admission for group organiser and coach driver).
The group offer/entrance fee excludes ANY offers on special events organised by the Willoughbridge Garden Trust.
|Child||£2.00||5-17 years; 0-4 years free|
|Concession||£6.50||State pensioners and NUS students|
New Opening Times
We are open from 10am to 4pm every weekend from October 2015 until March 2016.
Admissions are at £3.50 per person and free for members.
The tearoom will also be open where you will be able to purchase light refreshments such as seasonal soups, stews, homemade scones and a selection of hot and cold drinks.
We will also be hosting several events between now and the end of the year.
Please visit our website for further information
Please head to the tearoom to make payment on arrival. Thank you.
The garden is in North Staffordshire, close to the Shropshire and Cheshire borders. It is on the A51, midway between Nantwich and stone, two miles from the village of Woore. From the M6, exit at junction 15, take the A53, then A51.
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