A 60 acre woodland garden with acid soil in a mainly alkaline area. The plant collection includes rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, lilies and snowdrops.
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.
4th February – 28th February
Rare Plant Fair
NGS Charity Open Day
Lily and Rose Festival
Every weekend between 14th and 22nd October
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.
Over 80 varieties of snowdrop in the winter
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