Explore the gardens at Quarry Bank

Visitors in the glasshouse at Quarry Bank

The gardens are full of drama at this time of year, with spectacular views. Paths climb up from the valley bottom passing by caves, cliffs and amazing trees. In the kitchen garden the restored glasshouse and back sheds sparkle in the winter sunshine and grow an array of exotic plants.

Snowdrops in the gardens at Quarry Bank

In bloom this month: January

As we enter mid-winter the weather has stayed quite mild and the garden still has lots of beautiful, exciting plants to enjoy. For visitors wanting snow, there are lots of lovely snow-flakes (Leucojum vernum) and snow drops (Galanthus nivalis). The best snow-flakes can be seen by the cave, and the snow drops are starting to appear in the Apprentice House and orchard. Also this month, look our for witch hazel, hellebores and catkins which should start appear - little flashes of intense pink and yellow heralding the new gardening year.

Sweet pea sowing in the gardens ta Quarry Bank

Gardener's notebook

A group of over fifty volunteers and garden staff look after the gardens at Quarry Bank. You’ll see us out about in all weathers through spring, summer, autumn and winter, making sure the gardens are looking their best. From the riverside valley gardens, to the orchards, Apprentice House gardens and kitchen gardens, there’s always jobs to be done! This month, we’ll be over in the Apprentice House garden, pruning apples, coppicing Hazels and sowing Sweat Peas. We’ll also be , finalising seed orders for vegetables and cut flowers, mulching and tree pruning, repairing footpaths, clearing leaves, pruning roses.

Visitors in the glasshouses at Quarry Bank

Upper garden and glasshouse

In the upper garden explore the restored glasshouse with its stunning curved design and array of exotic seasonal plants and fruit. Take a wander through to the back sheds to find out about the lives of Quarry Bank's gardeners in the nineteenth century. In the kitchen garden you can look out for harvest produce and enjoy spectacular views over to the mill.

Visitors exploring the lower gardens at Quarry Bank

Lower garden

The lower garden is bursting with lovely things to see. Take a stroll along the river, explore the ornamental gardens and see heritage trees planted by the mill owning Greg family in the 1790s.

Family in the apprentice house gardens at Quarry Bank

Apprentice House Garden

In the Apprentice House garden you can see where the children who worked at the mill grew their own fruit and vegetables, as well as herbs for nineteenth century medicines. Explore the heritage trees in the orchard and look out for harvest produce.

A nuthatch in the gardens at Quarry Bank

Wildlife

The gardens are also home to an array of wildlife. Listen our for Winchaffs, Tree Pipits and Wheatears, and if you're really lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a Red Kite or an Osprey.

Coffee

New Garden Cafe - coming soon!

We’re currently building a new Garden Café which we expect to be opening by May 2020. Our temporary café proved extremely popular, and now we’re working to make this permanent with a new and improved design. To make this happen, the café will be closed from 9 September-May 2020. Please visit our mini shop and café in the garden back sheds which will be open over the winter. *Please note that due to the building works, access via shuttle buggy to the upper garden will be limited to drop off and collection at the main garden gates, creating a slightly extended walk to reach the upper garden facilities. If you have access requirements, please call ahead for advice on access and daily changes.