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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.

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Featured Attraction

Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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