In the secret den we call our Discovery Garden, the cultivation of the edible embraces the ornamental, with a touch of wild thrown in for good measure. Here, nature and nurture sit in harmony. Visitors can linger in this tranquil spot and enjoy a sense of peace.
In season, raspberries and strawberries, pumpkin, cabbages, lettuces, and fragrant herbs can be found. If you're lucky, you might find a succulent strawberry before the birds and squirrels do. Birds and bees are drawn to the scent of the garden's flowers and there are domestic rabbits in the garden adding to its delight.
The Discovery Garden is enclosed on the west side by our Butterfly tunnel. On the east side, you'll find a Wildlife garden containing woven willow structures and a pond. Here we have compost bins, a wormery, weed beds and woodpiles.
Plantings in the Wildlife Garden encourage both vertebrate and invertebrate creatures. Our bug hotel here gives additional habitat for multiple species of creepy crawlies. It is hoped our work will not only inspire visitors with the natural beauty on display but also offer knowledge and encourage a love of gardening and conservation.