Crosswater Gardens

The woodland garden at Crosswater Farm was developed by Ted and Romy Millais soon after they bought the derelict farm in 1946. Now the 4 acre woodland garden contains a collection of more than 1000 different rhododendrons, including rare species collected by Ted and Romy in the Himalayas. The woodland garden is only open in May during the flowering season. Please refer to National Gardens Scheme (NGS) website to see when we open our gardens for charity. This year the woodland garden is closed for redevelopment, but since 1991 we have raised more than £20,000 for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support.


Our trials garden next to the Plant Centre is open throughout the year, and contains hundreds of new and rare varieties that we grow up to about 1 metre high before selling as specimen sized plants. All plants are labelled so you can note which ones you like. Some will be available from our plant centre, some will be available in a year or so, and some will go on the next bonfire. (well it is a trials garden!)

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Trials garden - open throughout the year
Trials garden - open throughout the year
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Deciduous azaleas -  a bank of seedlings raised by Ted Millais in about 1950
Deciduous azaleas - a bank of seedlings raised by Ted Millais in about 1950
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Species rhododendrons
Species rhododendrons
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The top pond
The top pond
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Evergreen Azaleas (behind the logs)
Evergreen Azaleas (behind the logs)
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Rhododendrons under a canopy of pines, cherry and magnolia
Rhododendrons under a canopy of pines, cherry and magnolia
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Woodland garden
Woodland garden
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The middle pond
The middle pond
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Sunny bank of deciduous azaleas
Sunny bank of deciduous azaleas
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The top pond
The top pond
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