Ramster Garden in Chiddingfold Surrey is celebrating the arrival of spring and its first weekend of opening with a special 2 for 1 offer on adult entry on Sunday, March 18 (10am until 5pm).
See early rhododendrons as they burst into flower marking the start of garden’s spectacular flowering season. Be dazzled by the array of brilliant yellow daffodils and look out for the native Narcissus pseudonarcissus with its delicate creamy outer petals and a deep yellow centre.
Don’t miss the ancient magnolias and kaleidoscope of flowers along Camellia Walk which delight you with patterns and colours some resembling raspberry ripple ice cream. The camellias which mostly originate from Japan give a fantastic show of colour from the deepest shades of pink through to the purest white during March.
“After a long winter the garden suddenly comes to life with the most exquisite flowers and colours,” says Rosie Glaister, who runs the family owned garden. “A few early birds from our rhododendrons collection will already be out including R. Cilpiense hybrids, R. ‘Prince Camille de Rohan’ and R. ‘Rosa Mundi’ one of our most reliable performers forming banks of pink blooms.”
Explore over 20 acres of magical woodland and see for the first time a view of the Valley of the Giants which features exotic trees recognised by TROBI (Tree Register of Britain & Ireland) for their remarkable sizes. Trees include Eastern Hemlock, the Giant Sequoia, the Grand Fir currently standing at 47m and the prize Japanese Cedar which can reach almost 7,000 years old.
As you walk around Ramster Garden you will also discover sculptures and natural carvings of wild boar, chickens, a fox and an owl bench. Visitors can relax after their walk in the Tea House which serves cakes, sandwiches, snacks and drinks.
Ramster Garden opens daily from March 17 – June 10. The special 2 for 1 offer on adult entry applies to Sunday, March 18 only. Normal admission applies at all other times. Membership which entitles visitors to unlimited visits during opening times is available. Free parking and discounted group rates for 15+ people. Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden.
Admission charges: adults to the garden £7.50; group rate for garden (15+ people) £6.50; children under 16 free; registered disabled £3.
Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold