About

From April to October you can book a ticket to visit the Orchard Plant Library and Barn Garden on the first Tuesday of each month. All money raised will go directly to Sunnyside Rural Trust, a local charity that we are working in partnership with to develop a propagation nursery in the Orchard to grow a range of perennials for commercial sale, whilst providing horticultural training to people with learning disabilities.

The Orchard Plant Library is part of the Serge Hill Project for Gardening, Creativity and Health, a not-for-profit offering resources to local schools, charities and local residents who want to get involved in gardening. The Orchard Building is currently under construction, so visits to the garden must be supervised.

The Barn Garden has been developed by Tom and Sue Stuart-Smith since 1987 and has gradually expanded out from the areas around the house, surrounded by a native meadow of trees and wildflowers, plus a courtyard evolved from Tom’s 2006 Chelsea garden and an exotic meadow sown in 2011.

Visits include an introduction to the Plant Library with Millie Souter (Head Gardener at the Orchard) and the Barn Garden with Brian Maslin (Head Gardener at the Barn).

Tickets must be booked in advance online and are non-refundable.

Visits will be from 10am - 1pm and there is free parking.

Please note, there are many potential trip hazards and uneven surfaces that may be encountered whilst visiting the gardens, along with gravel paths that aren’t suitable for walking frames with wheels. The gardens are extensive so there’s a lot of ground to cover. Please be aware that due to the ongoing building works at the Orchard, there may be additional hazards to look out for.

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Where

The Orchard and Barn Garden, Sergehill Lane, Abbots Langley, WD5 0RZ

     

Supporting

Sunnyside Rural Trust Charity from Sunnyside Rural Trust Charity

Sunnyside Rural Trust is a thriving charity and social enterprise offering training and work experience for vulnerable people. We train people with learning disabilities to acquire skills in a number of rural activities. These include beekeeping, looking after chickens, growing a wide range of plants and produce, landscaping and garden maintenance.

Tickets

4. July - Orchard Plant Library and Barn Garden Visit

Ticket for Tuesday 5th July 2022 - 10am to 1pm (TICKET VALID ON THIS DATE ONLY)

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5. August - Orchard Plant Library and Barn Garden Visit

Ticket for Tuesday 2nd August 2022 - 10am to 1pm (TICKET VALID ON THIS DATE ONLY)

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6. September - Orchard Plant Library and Barn Garden Visit

Ticket for Tuesday 6th September 2022 - 10am to 1pm (TICKET VALID ON THIS DATE ONLY)

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7. October - Orchard Plant Library and Barn Garden Visit

Ticket for Tuesday 4th October 2022 - 10am to 1pm (TICKET VALID ON THIS DATE ONLY)

There are 8 ticket(s) remaining.

£15.00 per ticket.

Number of tickets

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  • Fri, July 1 2022, 11:27 AM : Sunnyside will be at Bella Stuart-Smiths @HertfordshirNGS Open Garden this Sunday selling our fantastic 'drought tolerant & pollinator friendly' perennial plants and Sunnyside produce. A lovely garden to spend Sunday afternoon in. Tickets https://t.co/WNOULpN6sx https://t.co/RknPsuvVZ0
  • Thu, June 23 2022, 11:54 AM : *NEW* The Northchurch Farm Shop Café is ready and open to customers with new indoor space and some outside seating. Barista coffee, selection of teas and cakes are now available. Open Monday to Friday 10 until 3pm #northchurch #café #farmshop #baristacoffee https://t.co/lcf8I61L5j
  • Mon, June 20 2022, 8:42 AM : @suestuartsmith @NGSOpenGardens Thanks Sue. A great day and beautiful gardens to visit. The plant library is looking amazing and is such a fantastic resource.
  • Mon, June 20 2022, 8:41 AM : RT @suestuartsmith: Great turnout for our @NGSOpenGardens today with 650 people in 6 hrs. The orchard plant library (pictured here) was bu…