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“Fantastic Find”

Breezy Knees Gardens
Ranked #12 of 206 things to do in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 20 acres of extensive gardens featuring over 7,000 different varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees. One of the largest gardens in Northern England if woodland and parkland are excluded.
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Stunning and very large gardens consisting of a huge array of colourful perennials. Still looking terrific in August. Sadly plant sales did not have the most interesting specimens (isn't that always the way.)
Give yourselves plenty of time but if you value refreshment post garden walk you may need to be early. At 15.30 the cafe was devoid of cakes or scones!!

Thank Avante540
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

My title said Relax which is a bit misleading as the size of the grounds displaying the flowers/shrubs etc. is large. However if you allow yourself plenty of time to digest what is around you it will make you feel that way . Note: take the advise of the staff as you enter as there are no WC's inside the gardens and you could have quite a distance to find relief !!.

Thank daxie2015
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

These are gardens that Gardeners’ World should visit (if they haven’t already been!). In my opinion the displays are better than at RHS’s Harlow Carr.

The car park is part hard standing and part grass and is next to the entrance and the café. The café has plenty of seating inside and outside, some of which is under the trees and so always in the shade. The café offers light lunches and the usual drinks and cakes at a price you would pay elsewhere. We were very happy with the two slices of cake that we tried. The toilets were spotlessly clean and had both hot and cold running water. There is a separate toilet for the disabled and for baby changing. The staff warn you before setting of that there are no toilets in the gardens.

Next to the café is a small vegetable plot. I am not quite sure why it is there. It is too small to be a display item and they don’t appear to make a feature of it. It was interesting to see a very healthy crop of carrots, free of root fly and not covered with protective netting. If you are interested in seeing a model vegetable plot then you will be disappointed as this is all there is.

Leaving the entrance to the gardens you then need to walk about 200 yards to where the displays start. This is down a path of paving stones if I remember correctly with a flower border on either side. Walking this path you can understand why ‘Breezy’ is in the name of the gardens because this path is very exposed to the elements.

Once you reach the main gardens you are in a different world. The mature trees and hedging protect you from the elements and if it rains you can shelter in the poly tunnel. The gardens probably cover around 5 or 6 acres and are immaculately kept. I don’t think that I saw a weed throughout our visit which is mainly the result of using bark chippings throughout the gardens.

One different planting area leads into another using paths of tarmac, gravel, bark chippings and grass. Each area is of a good size and there is plenty of room for young children to run around without spoiling it for other visitors, provided of course the parents or in our case grandparents, take their role responsibly. Have a look at Breezy Knee’s web site to see the many differently planted areas and the best time of year to see each one.

Virtually all of the plants were labelled, so take or notebook, a camera and your smart phone with its camera and note making facilities.

We spent one and a half hours there with few stops to sit down on the many benches that are carefully placed around the grounds, and we didn’t manage to see all areas. Living locally we will be back, particularly as our RHS membership allows free access on a Wednesday.

This place is a gem: you will not be disappointed.

Thank yorkie2
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Visited recently on a hot Sunday afternoon -No I've never seen it advertised either & only knew of it by picking up a leaflet. The gardens are a mixture of formal borders & wildflower gardens in glorious colours. It is also a haven for bees & butterflies. There is a small cafe as you enter with a good choice of food (we had some very nice home-made quiche). It is £5.50 entrance with no concessions but the grounds are very extensive. Quite a few benches where you can just sit & contemplate -but not for too long as, in our case there was still time for tea & scones before leaving !

Thank Susan R
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Who ever is behind the design for these gardens knew what they were doing and have an eye for planting. every time you turn a corner you get a surprise and an idea for your own garden. The cafe provides quality food at a reasonable price, although you may want to take a snack as you will not get round all the gardens without needing refreshment and it is quite a walk back to where you leave off. As a Hosta enthusiast I was aware of how few of the many varieties had been used and I would have liked to have seen more use of the colour and shape that these plants can provide. but this did not stop me from having a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Thank Kev W
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