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Dorothy Clive Garden & Hodnet Hall

Logo GentianSunday 13 May

Coach leaves Ness Botanic Gardens at 9am and returns at 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £25.50 per person.

The beautiful 12 acre Dorothy Clive Garden was created in 1939 when Colonel Harry Clive transformed a disused Victorian Quarry into a woodland garden for his wife Dorothy who was suffering from Parkinson's disease. Features include a spectacular woodland waterfall, a scree, thousands of spring bulbs, azaleas and rhododendrons. The garden has been developed on a hillside which makes accessibility difficult in some parts but there are approximately 50 seats at regular intervals to, "rest, relax and be inspired". Homemade baking and light lunches are available from the tearoom which is situated in the heart of the garden.

Hodnet Hall is the home of Sir Algernon and Lady Heber-Percy. The gardens at Hodnet comprise over 60 acres and were started in 1922 when there was only a marshy hollow in front of the house. This venue has only limited public opening times, hence our planned Sunday visit. A chain of ornamental pools run tranquilly along the garden valley to provide a natural habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. The month of May adds new colour as later flowering magnolias, azaleas, primulas and wisterias burst into flower. The garden restaurant can serve light lunches and afternoon teas.

For more information: Dorothy Clive Garden and Hodnet Hall (opens external link).

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