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“A day out in a beautiful garden”

Dorothy Clive Garden
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This 12 acre garden is a lovely, picturesque and relaxing place packed with plants of interest throughout the year. A winter garden, laburnum tunnel, alpine scree with pool, rose walk, edible woodland, seasonal borders and rhododendron filled woodland with waterfall are just some of the highlights you will find here. The garden is both intimate and informal with a network of meandering paths that invite you to explore. Relax in the tearoom with adjoining terrace lawn that affords some wonderful views into the surrounding Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire countryside. Originally designed by Colonel Clive for the love of his wife, The Dorothy Clive Garden was set up as a charitable garden trust with the objectives of maintaining, enhancing and developing a garden inspired by the memory of the late Dorothy Clive. Today the garden is expressly intended to be used for the enjoyment and benefit of the public and to support ongoing horticultural education. The garden hosts a range of horticulturally inspired events throughout the open season, including the twice yearly Plant Hunters' Fair and the Annual Chilli Festival. There are also special events for children including garden trails, giant games and summer picnics.
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50 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A day out in a beautiful garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

The Dorothy Clive Garden is well worth a visit at all times of the year. We generally visit in May when the rhododendrons are in flower in the northern end of the garden ( the Quarry garden) but the southern more open part is lovely at the moment, with alliums, foxgloves, geraniums and many varied flowers in bloom. One problem they are having is clearing out perennial; weeds, but this only seemed to have affected a small area.
The garden is on a slope and some parts are steeper than others but there is wheelchair access to some extent. The lower part of the garden has a large pool in it with gravelled paths and steps leading upward from it. There are many species of trees in the garden and we saw damsel flies and robins and a chaffinch today.
There are tea rooms at the top of the slope near the entrance to the Quarry and they also have a good gift shop and sell plants.. Worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank chrismb
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English first
Bromley, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Romantic garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

A worthwhile visit - so peaceful and well maintained in an unusual setting. The rose borders were beautifully scented.

Visited June 2014
Thank pammyM
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York, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“found by chance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Was a bit disappointed to start with because a lot of the outer gardens were bare because of invasion of perennial weeds. Then we went further down and saw the beautiful manicured gardens which were so well cared for and quite extensive.
There is a nice place for snacks/drinks. You can buy plants and there is a gift shop.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Jean261
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Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham
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117 reviews
46 attraction reviews
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“Day out with husband”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

This lovely little garden is a gem in the countryside , stunning landscapes at any time of the year the beds are always well kept and maintained and this time we went it was blue Aliums ad Agapanthus absolutely stunning. The highlight of this place is the huge bronze statue of a very handsome stag by the 2nd waterfall hidden in the woodlands. He is awesome! We spent 3 hours wandering through landscaped ponds , woodlands bearing many beautiful shrubs and trees all in flower lilacs, rhododendrons and magnolias! We had a delightful light lunch of cheese and onion quiche coleslaw and salad favourite in the friendly coffee shop. A lovely place to visit in all seasons quiet pretty and very unspoilt not too crowded!

Visited June 2014
1 Thank daisyhall
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Gardening club visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

39 of us travelled to this beautiful garden last weekend. Unfortunately the weather was not brilliant, low cloud and drizzle from time to time , but despite this we had a lovely time and many members of the group expressed the view that the gardens have so much to offer that whatever time of year you visit there would be lots to see. We intend to have another trip in the future!!
All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and the food in the tea-room was excellent both in terms of choice and quality.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Derbygirlandguy
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