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Green Island Gardens

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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when i visited this poem came to mind Our England is a garden that is full of stately views, Of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Departure24457695145
Autumn colour in all its glory at Green Island Gardens

A few of my shots from yesterday's visit. Amazing Autumn colour.. a fab trip with my camera - my... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sally G
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Romford, United Kingdom
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  • Average7%
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“small nursery”(10 reviews)
About
Recommended in Great British Gardens 2018 and Essex Days out as well as visit Essex. Featured on front cover of Homes and Gardens 2012 and Ma Maison Ma Jardin 2013. 20 acres of professionally designed gardens within woodland destroyed by the 1987...more
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Green Island Park Road, Ardleigh, Colchester CO7 7SP, England
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+44 1206 230455
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 5 August 2014

My friends and I spent an entire day here wandering around, taking in the sights, relaxing by the pond and of course devouring everything on the menue in the tea room! The food is freshly prepared and much better than any pre packaged sandwich which...More

6  Thank Theavidexplorer
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 12 September 2015

I have a rule of not reviewing attractions I didn't like or find satisfactory. If you don’t have anything nice to say just stay quiet but the owner was insisting on a review so here we go… We have visited on a sunny afternoon in...More

6  Thank haswells
Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2015

Thank you for your review. Your comments seem to focus on the word neglected, which could not be a less appropriate word for this garden. We have a small but dedicated team of staff and we all work tirelessly to maintain the gardens and nursery....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

when i visited this poem came to mind Our England is a garden that is full of stately views, Of borders, beds and shrubberies and lawns and avenues, With statues on the terraces and peacocks strutting by; But the Glory of the Garden lies in...More

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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review, and so nice to have a different kind of review...what a lovely poem... I had never heard it before.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A few of my shots from yesterday's visit. Amazing Autumn colour.. a fab trip with my camera - my friends and I had a lovely day.More

Thank Sally G
Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Sally for taking the time to leave us a review, we really do appreciate it. Thank you also for sharing your wonderful photographs which show just a small snippet of the fantastic autumn colours we have at the moment. We look forward to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky with the sunshine today which shone through the trees and highlighted the lovely autumnal colours. We were welcomed at the door and enjoyed lunch in the warm and welcoming cafe. We also enjoyed the company of the 3 dogs who lived there,More

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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review we really do appreciate it. I am glad you enjoyed the gardens, lunch in our tearoom and the company of Lola Bo and Scout. Please do come back and visit us in...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to visit after reading reviews - the gardens and hosts made our day ! The garden is delightful and the autumn colours were stunning We visited with a toddler and had a pushchair The hosts were warm and welcoming- they gave us tips...More

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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review we really do appreciate it. I'm so glad you enjoyed the gardens as well as the company of our dogs. We look forward to welcoming you back in another season.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a lovely experience, with a beautiful garden to enthuse over and great advice from Fiona, who created it. We spent the day in the cafe, learning about both the practical and the more artistic side of creating a garden plan. Fiona explained, among other...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a charming place. Quiet, personal and welcoming. Well worth a visit, and keave room for some good tea and cake!

1  Thank rhjoseph1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the gardens last Sunday morning. Absolutely beautiful with trees ablaze with reds and golds of every hue. Around each corner is another surprise, with the variety of leaves and shapes of the trees and shrubs. Also lovely planting with the autumn flowers giving beautiful...More

1  Thank Bonniesmumjr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here with a group of people to see the gardens. We all thought the gardens beautiful and peaceful. There is lots of interest even though we are well into autumn. The staff are friendly and welcoming. We had coffee and lunch and all...More

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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review, we really do appreciate it. We always enjoy welcoming groups of visitors to the gardens, and particularly at this time of the year as they are always genuine garden and plants people...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a wondeful morning here yesterday to view the autumn splendour of the gardens. With so many acers and other colourful trees and plants, it was a feast for the eyes. We were lucky with the weather too, which was very warm for October...More

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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review, we really do appreciate it. Glad that you enjoyed the gardens in their Autumn finery. We will be replacing some of the bridges across the streams over the winter. We look forward...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect time of year to stroll under the canopies of oak trees and enjoy the rainbow spectrum of autumn.

Thank kimreed2016
Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review, we really do appreciate it. So glad you enjoyed the garden in its Autumn finery, do come back and visit in another season.

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jah1526
23 September 2018|
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Response from Fiona E | Property representative |
Yes we have a tearoom which served home made light lunches, teas, cakes and cream teas. See website for full details
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Yellowbanker
11 March 2018|
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Response from Fiona E | Property representative |
No I am sorry but we do not allow visitors dogs in the gardens except assistance dogs.
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brigettelcc
29 October 2017|
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