Explore our gardens on the Isle of Wight
With its micro-climates and sea breezes the gardens on the Isle of Wight come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you are an island dweller or a visitor, there are lovely gardens to explore this summer.
Watch our video for a little inspiration and read on to explore some of the new gardens opening this year in more detail:
Darts and Yew Tree Lodge open on Sunday 12 June
In Bembridge three lovely gardens open for the first time in 2022. On Sunday 12 June Darts and Yew Tree Lodge open together. Both gardens have been loved by two generations and provide a wonderful mix of inspiration. Built around three sides of the house, the garden at Darts has everything, lawn for the children, seating areas for entertaining, calming wall fountain, colourful arbour, raised vegetable beds, greenhouse and some unusual plants. As owner Joanna Truman says she simply goes with the flow, and that relaxed attitude has helped create a gorgeous oasis. At Yew Tree Lodge a blank canvas inherited from her mother 12 years ago gave owner Jane Bland the chance to experiment and create a garden of her own. There are shady walks and deep borders, a Victorian greenhouse and a lovely rose arbour.
3 Castle Lane opens with Bluebell Cottage on Saturday 25 June
These wonderfully contrasting cottage gardens provide plenty of inspiration for the visitor. Created on heavy clay, the garden at 3 Castle Lane is a supersized cottage garden that incorporates a once neighbouring field. Developed by the current owners, Tony and Helen Wood since 1989, blousy cottage borders complement shady seating areas, islands of flowers and grasses, a bog garden, Chinese bridge, and immaculate composting system making you want to walk around again and again to make sure you’ve not missed a thing – including the gorgeous glimpses of the view across the valley.
There’s a stunning sculpture carved from an old tree by Paul Sivell, that incorporate buzzards and a castle borrowing from the story of the area – ask Tony for more!
In the next lane you’ll find Bluebell Cottage, an eclectic, magical collection of gorgeously planted rooms and seating areas created by husband and wife team Lynn and Ken Orchard. The much-loved and beautifully tended vegetable area with potted potatoes, strawberries and carrots, has a small orchard, while borders of gifted plants and trees create a very special little garden with wonderful stories to tell. You’re assured of a warm welcome and Lynn’s plant knowledge is second to none.
Corris and Oakdene open together on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July
Two more contrasting gardens opening together for the first time are Corris and Oakdene. Corris is home to passionate plantspeople David and Helen Crook who have been developing their 1/4 acre garden for the last 12 years. There are a host of hostas, wonderful clematis and roses, a ginko tree and plenty of plants for sale too.
By contrast, the garden at Oakdene has been in the same family for over 50 years. But the history of the garden is older still. There’s a magnificent fig tree that was recorded on the site before the house was built in the 1850s and in the lean-to greenhouse a one hundred year old geranium is blissfully happy and going strong. It was current owner Tim’s parents who were hugely enthusiastic gardeners and the vegetable patch and orchard with bee hives add lovely contrasts to the little pond and floriferous beds. There’s also honey for sale.
Open by arrangement from May to September, this delightful small garden is packed with planting and inspiration. Seating areas, a small pond, winding gravel pathways, vegetables beds and a potting shed create a tranquil haven from which you’ll want to borrow all the ideas to take home and replicate. For more information click here
Also in Bembridge and opening for first time on Saturday 25 June is the garden at East Cliff. This large garden designed by Arabella Lennox Boyd is the jewel in the islands garden crown. Set on a 15 acre plot with the lawn and garden covering about 8 acres Arabella Lennox Boyd has created rooms within the garden, which include a white rose garden and a walled cottage garden and to the rear of the house there are six large herbaceous beds. There is also a wonderful wildflower meadow that leads to the cliff and spectacular views beyond. For more details click here.
Lead image and below: East Cliff by Marianne Majerus
For all the gardens opening on the Isle of Wight this year CLICK HERE