Ryton Organic Gardens
Ryton Organic Gardens
3.5
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Ryton Organic Gardens is the home of national charity, Garden Organic. The garden is currently closed to visitors for redevelopment, due to reopen in Spring 2020.
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meaj
Leicester, UK16 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
This garden is a shadow of it's former self. Everything has changed now it has been sold. The garden is no longer open to visit for a leisurely day out. The wonderful organic restaurant has closed. The hugely expensive to build 'Vegetable Kingdom' has no mention on the website so I assume that is also closed. As far as I can tell the only way to visit is by booking a course which is a lot more expensive than visiting the garden when it was open daily. Membership includes entry or discount to the 'partner gardens' but many of these are not organic or only partially organic and the same discount is available to RHS Members.
So disappointing given the popularity of organic gardening theses day. I was a member since about 1985 and a volunteer. I supported the seed bank and sponsored several vegetable (Auntie Madge Beetroot was a favourite) but alas I have cancelled my membership as I fail to understand who/what I am supporting
Written 13 February 2024
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Stephen D
3 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
I visited Ryton before it was sold. Visiting now some years later instead of show case gardens it has been reduced to just an allotment and a nice cottage garden. It is no longer a show piece. The larger gardens look as though they still exist. Why can we not visit?
I terminated my membership to HDRA straight afterwards in disappointment.
Written 10 October 2023
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Bartini
Wellington, New Zealand10 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Ryton gardens is a shadow of its former self! It used to be an inspiration for organic gardeners and those wanting to learn about organics, now it is just a weed infested wasteland and that is so disappointing.
The website is so out of date, the access to the gardens is almost impossible the demonstration gardens have disappeared under a jungle of weeds.
Written 4 October 2023
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Jacqueline b
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Family
Disappointed because most of the gardens no longer exist. Only 1 acre instead of the original 10 acres. You have to make an appointment to view the garden. No restaurant or any other facilities. It's been taken over by Coventry university. We did manage to see the reduced size garden which was nice, mixture of fruit and vegetables, but not really worth the trip.
Written 13 September 2023
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Tony M
Cheltenham, UK41 contributions
Aug 2023
The original Ryton Organic Gardens (Henry Doubleday Association) were sold to Coventry University. The are now part of gardenorganic (search for their web site)
Visits are by arrangement only.
The above rating is "forced" - this post is purely informative about the gardens.
The ancient web sites for Ryton still appear dating back to 2015.
Written 23 August 2023
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L E
Birmingham, UK21 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We're looking for some trees for our garden and were hoping to also get some advice on garden plants. Drove for 40 minutes to get there and only to find out they're closed, on a Saturday in the middle of summer! It is our fault for not checking their opening times before going, but who'd thought in this day and age any garden centre would be closed on the last Saturday in June. Looking at some previous comments, its not surprising why they tend to get the garden to themselves. Rayton Garden, wake up ! Otherwise you won't have many followers left.
Written 30 June 2019
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Sunny5Jim
Sheffield, UK303 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The Organic Gardens at Ryton are a must-see destination for anyone interested in the principles or practical aspects of organic gardening. The site is divided up into a series of inspirational plots that demonstrate the basic techniques of organic gardening – chemical free crops, composting, wildlife and bee-friendly gardening, water harvesting and companion planting.

Equally valuable, however, are the design elements that provide visitors with creative insights into how they might adapt and develop their own gardens, regardless of size. Throughout the gardens, the emphasis is on how attractive organic gardening can be, quite apart from the environmental benefits that it confers.

Our first visit to Ryton was about 25 years ago and we were amazed at how the site has evolved since then. A very attractive entrance building containing imaginative displays, shop and a comprehensive library leads out into a neat demonstration area that is surrounded by a vast range of display areas, design features and cultivation techniques.

We had the place almost to ourselves on the day we visited and enjoyed a pleasant picnic in the grounds. We came away brimming with ideas and renewed enthusiasm for our own organic garden back home, together with a small bag of edible lupin seeds to try out

Only five miles from Coventry, Ryton is conveniently and centrally placed for a visit. Anyone with an interest in organic gardening will find plenty of food for thought there.
Written 5 June 2019
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SandTBUK
3 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We went on a weekday, was lovely and peaceful beautiful planting especially loved the paradise garden! So much to see that we spent ages walk around plenty of shade from the sun with also benches to sit and enjoy a picnic they do have a cafe but wasn’t open the day we went. Staff were amazing so friendly and helpful I was able to add my husband to the garden organic membership that day so it was free for us both and the membership is only £3.75 a month worth it for such a beautiful escape on a summers days. Plenty of information about composting with examples of growing and I learnt so much about plants I’d never thought of growing in the U.K. some people have moaned about the weeds but I honestly didn’t really see it as a bad thing and it’s an organic garden. it did not detract from the feel of the areas in each place plus we have an allotment with two of us and weeding is never ending, I suspect it would take an on staff army to pull every flower people perceived as weeds in that amount of space. Plus they bring benefits such as insects that help with pests can’t be ignored which is a good example of organic gardening. Would go back again and will be with family perfect day out! 🤗
Written 19 May 2019
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Stuart M
Birmingham, UK4 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
I looked on there website today,it said that today may differ in opening times ,it didn't say it was closed.

Perhaps they should be clear on the website, is it open or not.

We drove 45 minutes to find that out, what a waste of our time.

What's more, because of that ,we won't be back.

Sort your website out and be clear on times / days opening bank holidays like today
Written 19 April 2019
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Marnie77
1 contribution
Dec 2018 • Friends
I travelled a long way to get here, and I would sum it up with the phrase "A crushing disappointment". I remember when (HDRA, as they were then known) were beacons and leaders in the field of organic growing but under the weak leadership of the last couple of chairmen they have abandoned their roots. The gardens are an outrage and there's nobody to ask advice.
And after they sold out their partners at The Organic Gardening Catalogue, there's really nobody to turn to for organic advice. Very disappointed.
Written 17 January 2019
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