The 2016 Festival featured thirteen gardens, three more than the previous year. Of the thirteen gardens three were new to the festival, several were returning after a break, including visitor favourite Blue Vista, with its stunning views. Enjoy the images and descriptions below of the 2016 Gardens - watch this website for information about Festival 2017.
Gardens 1,2,6,8,11 and 13 can be at least partially accessed by wheelchair. There is no charge for people confined to wheelchairs.
Ilion is a layered garden which sweeps the street front with a magnificent New Dawn rose hedge. The footprint of the old garden has been preserved through various trees, roses and shrubs however Ilion’s garden was changed from a residential garden into principally an office garden about eight years ago.
The planting of this magnificent garden was begun by the Cox family in the 1950's, but the design today is largely attributable to the present owners, Robert Brain and Neal Blewett. This is a natural garden, shaded by mature trees, with rooms and corners and few, if any, traditional beds.