Explore the gardens
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, amazing trees and colourful rhododendrons. In the kitchen garden the restored glasshouse and back sheds sparkle in the sunshine and grow an array of exotic fruits.
May and June will see the gardens bursting with colour and seasonal scents, as peonies, geraniums, nepeta and tiarella flower their socks off. Look out for pinks, blues, greens, oranges and purples.
Don’t miss the dramatic displays of colour from the heritage collection of rhododendrons - a real show stopper! Many of these were planted when the gardens were first founded in the 1890s.
Elsewhere in the gardens you can spot primulas and foxgloves as they come into flower, or pop into the glass houses to see an array of exotic plants and fruits
A team of 60 staff and volunteers look after the gardens at Quarry Bank. Throughout May and June you’ll see them out and about pruning and training the cherries on the walls in the Upper Gardens. They’ll also be planting out vegetables in the Apprentice House Garden and sowing flower seeds into the beds in the Ladies garden.
Upper garden and glass house
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 spot the spectacular views over to the mill or pop into the garden café for a slice of cake or an ice cream.
The lower garden is bursting to life with lovely things to see. Explore the ornamental ladies garden created by Robert Hyde Greg in the 1860s, stroll alongside the meandering river to spot snowdrops and early signs of spring. If you're visiting as a family, be sure to ask for a tracker pack. With binoculars, microscope and ID sheets you can spot all manner of bugs, birds and wonderful wildlife that live in the garden.
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 stroll through the kitchen garden as food for the spring season arrives.
And if you're a keen gardener yourself . . .
Don't forget to pop into the garden shop and browse our garden ranges. You can find a variety of plants, gardening accessories and books to take home. And the good news is, every penny you spend goes towards our continuing conservation works here at Quarry Bank.