A nineteenth century house with a 4 acre plantsman's garden. It has a woodland garden, a winter garden, secret garden, lily pond and herbaceous garden. There are 270 varieties of Hydrangea.
Zeals, nr Warminster, Wiltshire, England, BA12 6QF
April to November. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Open 11am to 6pm or dusk.
about 3 years by Shelley 1 / 5This garden is a complete mess. Must have been lovely once but now the weeds have thoroughly taken over. The flower garden is full of golden rod, no other flowers discernable. The ponds are overgrown with no water visible. The lawned area by the house is the least weedy, the hydrangeas are beautiful in their colour and variety. It was all a bit depressing and certainly not worth the Â£3.50 entry fee.
about 3 years by Adam Hodge 3 / 5'This is a wild garden' we are told by the gracious lady at the kiosk and evidently a lady of significant plant knowledge, wisdom and years.
about 3 years by John 5 / 5An old fashioned, enchanting place, I will not forget. It's like walking into 4 acres of secret gardens. Hydrangeas everywhere, of which I was told by the owner Elizebeth,(who must be in her nineties, and mans the till), there are 270 varieties. A very family run house/garden, where her daughter runs the tea room. A delight.
almost 6 years by Michele 5 / 5Our visit to this garden was the best memory I hold of my Spring time trip to England. I could have spent all day happily moving slowly through the garden and enjoying our cream tea ! Meeting and talking with Elizabeth,at length, was the icing on the cake ! Thank you Elizabeth for giving me such a wonderful heart warming memory of a much beloved country.
about 6 years by Lel 5 / 5An endearing and enchanting place to visit. I went on a wet July afternoon with thunder rumbling in the background, but had such fun wandering through all the different 'rooms' of the garden.
over 6 years by Mr Daniel Young 5 / 5What a delight to find such a very different garden open to the public. It is a natural garden with what some might say are weeds jostling for position among other plants. The garden isn't large about 4 to 5 acres so 2 hours for the garden and an hour in the tea room is about right or alternatively take a book and stay all day because you'll certainly find a degree of peace and tranquility here. There are some formal aspects to the layout of the garden but on the whole plants are simply allowed to grow without the necessity to over manicure. There is a place for highly manicured gardens and they are undoubtedly beautiful but take a close look at this garden and you'll dicover the best of natural gardens - traditional plants & wild flowers side by side. This is quite simply an enchanting and magical place but remember to leave all your preconceptions of what a garden should be at the gate. You are likely to meet the owner at the gate and this will only enhance your visit - get chatting and you'll discover her passion and philosophy for a garden she's loved for over 50 years.
over 6 years by Hazel 4 / 5I don't know when the last poster went to this garden but I and my group found it fascinating. We were met by Elizabeth the elderly lady who owns the garden. She explained before our tour that the garden was a natural one and that she encourages wild flowers to grow alongside border plants, which works to great effect and enhances the ethos of the garden.
over 6 years by Anonymous 1 / 5We recently visited these gardens as a group and i must say it is an absolute disgrace to open these gardens to the public and to charge 3.50 each.
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