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Wendy Dare


Mill Dene, Blockley,
Moreton in Marsh,
GL56 9HU


Knowing nothing about gardening the Dares set about creating one of the most interesting gardens in the Cotswolds. It is personal, witty, surprising and of course, beautiful as well as horticulturally excellent as you would expect from a sometime Chelsea judge. Features of this 1H garden include a misty grotto, a bog garden and stream. There are plenty of seats from which to enjoy the mill pond and its trout, kingfisher and ducks. It is an exercise in making the most of a difficult and steep sided site. It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate and to nourish the senses
How to define it? An English country garden? Yes, but with fun and surprises: There is the relaxed and tranquil mill pond and grotto, then there are the hidden signs suggesting you go to Stoke on Trent (in the nicest possible way!)!! A Fruit Garden with wonderful views over the hills but with gooseberry bushes under which were found the family grandchildren!! The herb potager has plants with medicinal, culinary and pot pourri uses but also: aphrodisiacs!
Come and enjoy a cream tea by the brook and maybe spot the kingfisher. Buy some plants, alpines are the speciality this year. See you in the garden.......
......and it is a RHS recommended garden.

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groups

Opening details

RHS free for ONE person April and September
Not valid on bank holidays or when open for charity.


Price of admission
£5.50 adults,
£5.00 concession,
£3 Child under 15 with free garden trail
Season ticket: visit as many times as you like in the year:
£20 single,
£35 double
Short 10/15 min talk can be given by the owner for individuals. Book ahead £10.
Group rates on request



Parking: free


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

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