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.
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