Sue and Roger Norman

Ivington Green, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0JN,
01568 720344

2017 Opening Times:

We are changing how we open this year, no longer being regularly open on Thursdays from April to September, instead we will be open all year by appointment, please ring.
We are looking forward to seeing you, whether your party is small or large.

We will be open on Thursdays in February, 9am to 4pm, and on the following days, 2 to 5.30pm,
        Sunday April 23rd
        Sunday May 28th & Monday 29th
        Sunday August 6th.

Admission £4.00 for The National Gardens Scheme. Children free. No dogs, please.
We serve teas on NGS Sundays and for parties on request.

Snowdrop List
The new snowdrop list will be available soon
Garden View
The garden was started in 1997. The cottage is surrounded by formal beds filled with a wide range of plants. Paths lead away from the cottage into less formal areas, set in open grassland. Plantings of willows, grasses, ferns and snowdrops surround the ecological water treatment system and seasonal pond. Mixed borders lead to a young perry pear orchard, a vegetable garden surrounded by trained fruit trees and an embrionic ‘natural wood’. Pleached limes screen the car park and partially surround an area of alpines.

Things are starting to look quite ever one should not say such things.....will a big dose of snow improve things? Probably not. Not a perfect winter, rather wet earlier, then Sue had a new hip for Christmas – seems to be progressing satisfactorily – but she has not been doing her usual hours in the garden, but the rest of us have been doing our best and things are well under control!

To cut down on work(!), we now have a small greenhouse where the tunnel used to be (it now houses guinea pigs in Sheffield!) plus cold frames and another fern bed.

What else have we been up to? We now only have half a Pinus coulteri – the top half having blown down in the gale earlier in the month. Being a native of Californian mountainsides, it perhaps overgrew itself in our wonderful rich, moist Herefordshire alluvial silt. Whether we leave the rest of it remains to be decided. Another damson has joined the firewood pile from the bridge, where it would have shortly fallen.

The blackbirds have eaten all the Sorbus hupehensis v obtusa berries, so there will not be anything for the waxwings should they reappear again this year.

Cyclamen, hamamellis and snowdrops are all on song. The daffs are coming – ‘Rheinfeld’s Early Sensation’ a little bit earlier this year. Aconites and hellebores are showing signs and the polypodiums, having had a superb autumn and early winter are still looking OK in parts!

(27th January 2015)


Where to find us


[OS Ref SO 464562]
3m SW of Leominster, between A44 and B4361, 0.7m W of Ivington, towards Dilwyn.