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Docwra's Manor Garden
Occupying a relatively untamed corner of Cambridgeshire in the village of Shepreth, Docwra’s Manor Garden is run by Faith Raven, who has been at the helm since 1954. Over the years, the husband and wife duo have transformed this tired farmland into a garden of Eden.
Docwra’s Manor Garden does away with the formality of over pruned hedges and precision planting. Instead, self-seeding is encouraged and the sumptuous flowerheads from climbing roses and clematis spill out of the treetops. The effect is to be thoroughly, joyously immersed in plants. Spread over two acres, this ravishing tapestry of gardens is divided by hedges of yew, beech, lilac and cordon apples. The border edges fray with native wildflowers and bulbs burst forth from beneath the cobbled pathways. A garden for all the seasons, January brings a dusting of snowdrops, which are replaced by a carpet of crocuses in autumn. Spring’s flourishing of daffodils and tulips gives over to Mediterranean-style planting in summer. After feasting their eyes on this dizzying array of foliage, visitors can fill their bellies with homemade refreshments in the delightfully rustic surrounds of the thatched tea room next door.
Wednesday and Friday - All Year 10am to 4:30pm The first Sundays of the month all year - 2pm to 5pm Admission is £5 (cash only) with payment made in the box at the side door.
Garden audio tours
Listen in on the secrets of selected gardens from their head gardeners. Our audio tours take you through seasonal planting, histories and stories.