The Garden Guide

Evenley Wood Garden

A 60 acre woodland garden with acid soil in a mainly alkaline area. The plant collection includes rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, lilies and snowdrops.

Head Gardener's Comment

Set amongst the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, this 60-acre privately owned woodland garden contains a large and notable collection of plants; ranging from unusual trees and shrubs to a wide selection of lilies and other bulbs.

The garden’s unusual band of acid soil, in this otherwise predominantly alkaline area, provides the opportunity to cultivate plants such as rhododendrons, camellias, and magnolias, which would not ordinarily thrive in this location.

Carpets of named snowdrops in February run into wonderful spring bulbs and the garden’s 800m long Scilla ‘stream’, as the garden jumps into life. Some 100 magnolias follow and are later joined by the first flush of new leaves, rhododendrons and azaleas. In the summer, over 300 roses and 150 lilies emerge, including Lilium ‘Evenley Jane’, which was developed and propagated on site. As the season slows down, a wonderful display of autumn colours can be seen in the leaf, bark, seeds and berries of the garden’s plant collection, ranging from beautiful rustic oranges and fiery reds to greens, gold and brown. Collections of particular note in the garden include oak, pear, apple, maple and what is possibly the largest collection of euonymus in Europe. These sit alongside hardy bulb collections including lilies, spanning all hybrid types, scillas and snowdrops.

2017 Events:
Snowdrop Days
4th February – 28th February

Rare Plant Fair
2nd April

Easter Celebration
16th April

NGS Charity Open Day
24th May

Lily and Rose Festival
25th June

Apple Day
30th September

Autumn Colour
Every weekend between 14th and 22nd October

Photograph © Laure Ballu
Photograph © Evenley Wood Garden
Photograph © Evenley Wood Garden
Photograph © Evenley Wood Garden
Photograph © Pontus Wallsten
Photograph © Andrew Lawson
Photograph © Andrew Lawson
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge


This 60-acre woodland garden was purchased in 1980 by Mr. Tim Whiteley, a keen horticulturist and a former Chairman of the RHS Lily Group. For the first few years, much time was spent clearing a number of areas to create a variety of pathways - making the wood more accessible. Mr. Whiteley proceeded to plant a variety of different trees and bulbs throughout the garden, and he has established an impressive collection of lilies, roses, maples, Euonymus and more. Evenley Wood Garden was then opened to the public in 2007.

Plants of note

Over 80 varieties of snowdrop in the winter
Scilla stream

Mill Lane, Evenley, Evenley, near Brackley, Northamptonshire, England, NN13 5SH

Open daily between 4th February - 29th October 2017 11am - 4pm Closed on selected dates - please check our website or phone us before travelling

Adults £5 | Children 12-17 years old £1 | Children under 12 years old Free | Season tickets available for £30 on website

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