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East Lambrook Manor Gardens

Address : East Lambrook
Town/City : South Petherton
County : Somerset
Country : England
Post code : TA13 5HH
Phone : 01460 240328
Web Site :  www.eastlambrook.com

Welcome to East Lambrook Manor Gardens,the home of English cottage gardening. 

 Margery Fish's iconic cottage garden at East Lambrook Manor

"In the development of gardening in the second half of the twentieth century no garden has yet had greater effect." John Sales, National Trust

The internationally famous garden at East Lambrook Manor is the quintessential English cottage garden. It's creator Margery Fish, a novice gardener when she came to East Lambrook, went on to become a renowned plantswoman and gardening writer and made the cottage garden style fashionable. So great was her influence on gardening in the 20th century that the garden was given Grade 1 status by English Heritage in 1992. The garden remains a place of pilgrimage for visitors from all over the world.

The garden has always had a rustic feel with paths and low hedges winding between abundant beds and borders and this, married with Margery Fish's natural gift for combining old-fashioned and contemporary plants in a relaxed and informal manner, has created a unique garden of great beauty and charm.


A flower for every day
Margery Fish set out to make a garden in keeping with the old manor house that looks good all year round. She was an avid plant collector and East Lambrook is a plantsman's paradise with notable collections of some of her favourites; snowdrops, hellebores and hardy geraniums.

Many well-known cultivars originated in the garden such as Euphorbia 'Lambrook Gold', Polemonium 'Lambrook Mauve' and Artetemesia 'Lambrook Silver'. Several rare snowdrops discovered here bear the names of those who lived here including Galanthus 'Margery Fish', 'Walter Fish' and 'Dodo Norton. There is always something to see, from the delights of the snowdrops in February, through the abundance of summer to the richness of autumn with dahlias and grasses to the fore.

Margery Fish Plant Nursery
Margery Fish was always generous in giving away her beloved plants to visitors and as her fame spread in the 1950's she developed this into a nursery business. Today the nursery specialises in cottage garden plants and interesting and unusual perennials including many of her favourite plants, which are still to be found growing in the garden. All plants propagated in the nursery are grown in peat-free compost.

Malthouse Gallery
Exhibitions of work by local artists are held in the Malthouse Gallery during high season.

Malthouse Cafe
Light refreshments are available in the Malthouse. Many local pubs serve excellent lunches including the attractive 17th century Rose & Crown inn, directly opposite the garden.


In 2017 the gardens are open from 10am to 5pm as follows:

Open Tuesday to Sunday.
Closed on Mondays.
National Garden Scheme (NGS) open day on Sunday 19th February.

March and April
Open Tuesday to Saturday and Easter Bank Holiday Monday.
Closed Sundays and all other Mondays.
Hardy Plant Society Somerset Group EARLY SPRING PLANT FAIR
16 of the best nurseries in the South West will be here from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 25th March.

May, June and July
Open Tuesday to Sunday and both Bank Holiday Mondays in May.
Closed on all other Mondays.
NGS open days on Sunday 24th May and Saturday 10th June.

August, September and October
Open Tuesday to Saturday and August Bank Holiday Monday.
Closed Sundays and all other Mondays.

• You can visit the Malthouse Cafe and Margery Fish Plant Nursery without paying for admission to the garden (except on event days such as the Plant Fair on 25th March).

• When there is an exhibition in Malthouse Gallery you can also visit the gallery without paying for admission to the garden.


Admission prices in 2017

Adults £6.00, Over 60s £5.50, children under 16 free.
Pre-booked groups of 10 or more £5.25 (includes free introductory talk)
Free entry to Malthouse Café, Malthouse Gallery and Margery Fish Plant Nursery


Group visits
Whether you are a local garden club or a group travelling from overseas you will receive a warm welcome at East Lambrook Manor Gardens. Groups wishing to organise a visit should initially contact us by phone or email to check availability.


How to find us
An ideal place to stop en route to or from the West Country, mid-way between London and Cornwall.

From the A303 – we are four minutes from the South Petherton roundabout, which is three miles south of the A3088 Yeovil roundabout. Follow the brown signs all the way to East Lambrook. Look out for the brown signs to the garden from other directions.


  • On local walking trails and Sustrans cycle routes.
  • Plenty of free parking including coaches
  • Limited access for the disabled due to narrow paths and steps.
  • Toilets, including a toilet for people with disabilities.
  • Dogs on leads welcome.

ELMG-Path to houseELMG-Silver Gdn 1ELMG-Main lawn to houseELMG-Crocus - Feb 2017




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