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Dorothy Clive Gardens open for the new 2012 season (2nd April 2012)

Dorothy Clive Gardens open for the new 2012 season

The Dorothy Clive Garden will be opening for the 2012 season from Saturday 31st March 2012 at 10.00am. The garden will be open, seven days a week from 10.00am to 5.30pm daily until Sunday 30th September 2012.

Visitors can delight in the intimate and informal gardens set amidst glorious countryside. Seasonal flowers such as daffodils, crocuses, muscari and scilla are out now, as well as flowering shrubs such as camellias and emerging rhododendrons.

Curator, Marcus Chilton-Jones, said, ‘Spring is here at last and we are delighted to be opening the gates to this beautiful garden for the general public’s enjoyment and relaxation. There are many new features this year, including a new rose walk, upgraded tearoom and gift shop, with plenty of new shrubs, herbaceous perennials and seasonal flowers in all our garden borders. ’

The garden tea room, which is situated in the heart of the garden, will be open from 11pm to 5pm daily, selling a selection of refreshments including delicious seasonal soups, homemade scones, light lunch snacks and various hot and cold drinks.

The gift shop, adjacent to the garden tea room, has been extended and is now open to all our visitors selling various Dorothy Clive Garden branded products such as chutneys & jams, gift cards and china mugs. There are various other products available such as gardening books and RHS branded soap and bath gel. The gift shop will be open from 12pm to 4pm daily.

The Dorothy Clive Garden - a charitable garden trust - was set up in 1958 by Colonel Harry Clive as a place of rest and recreation and continued horticultural education for the general public.

The garden, originally a disused gravel quarry, was transformed by Clive into a woodland garden for his wife Dorothy, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

If you would like further information, please contact the 01630 647237, alternatively email info@dorothyclivegarden.co.uk.