Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens
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Stillingfleet Lodge is a quintessentially English garden, privately owned, it surrounds an eighteenth century farmhouse. It is managed to be as wildlife friendly as possible.
The garden has been lovingly planted over 40 years and comprises a series of small gardens, opening out into an avenue that leads to a wild flower meadow. The planting emphasises a cottage garden style and every part is maintained organically. The garden has a cottagey arts and crafts character with compartments and colour themes and incorporates a series of sumptuous herbaceous borders that change with the seasons and attract many species of insects. Foliage is used to add interest and texture to the beds.
Stillingfleet Lodge Garden is the work of Vanessa Cook who has spent the last 30 years transforming the paddocks surrounding the family home. The perennial wild flower meadow is a haven for native plants and wildlife and visitors are encouraged to sit and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere around the naturally planted pond. The garden is also home to several varieties of rare poultry and is full of birds and butterflies.
Many of the plants in the garden are available to buy in the well-stocked plant nursery, which has a particularly large selection of pulmonarias and geraniums. There is also a huge selection of plants that thrive in the shade.
Homemade cakes and refreshing teas are available in the courtyard café.
The Gardens are the Visit York Small Visitor Attraction for 2016 and have been shortlisted for the White Rose Awards.
The gardens are situated on Stewart Lane in Stillingfleet, about 6 miles drive from the centre of York