Wednesday, 02 August 2017 15:29

Dorothy Clive Garden

Written by The Webmaster

The Dorothy Clive Garden is the perfect place to visit if you'd like to see what plants thrive well in the local area, or just to enjoy a walk through its beautiful borders and enjoy delicious homemade fare with fabulous views!

Just across the Cheshire border, this beautiful 12-acre garden was created in 1939 by Colonel Harry Clive from a disused Victorian quarry. The garden was designed for his wife, Dorothy, who suffered from Parkinson's Disease. Sadly Dorothy died in 1942, but Colonel Clive continued with his creation until the end of the 1950s. 

In 1958, the garden was handed over to The Willoughbridge Garden Trust, which maintained and expanded the grounds into the gardens you see today. A small team of specialists are employed to manage the gardens, along with the support of volunteers.

With around 250 species, the garden is one of the best rhododendron and azalea showcases in the UK. There is something of interest throughout the year from the laburnum arch, rose walk, and alpine scree with pool, to the edible woodland and tropical greenhouse. There is a children's play area behind the cafe.

A myriad of indoor and outdoor events and workshops for adults and children are held throughout the year to support the work of the Trust.

Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the garden other than in the tearoom or the children’s play area. There are outside tables with water provided for dogs.

Venue: Dorothy Clive Garden Willoughbridge, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 4EU

Opening Times: 1st April to 30th September, 10am to 5:30pm. Weekends from 1st October to 31st March, 10am to 4pm. Tearoom: 10am-4pm

Entry: For current entry fees and further information please visit the website