On a sunny August day, we decided to visit the organic garden at the YeoValley farm, near Blagdon, Bristol. The YeoValley farm is where the YeoFamily products such as organic yoghurt, are made, It’s about one hours drive for us so we thought we stroll about the garden and have lunch in the garden cafe. If you an RHS member you can get in for free otherwise it’s £5 per adult.
A selection of garden rooms
The garden is on a six and a half acre site surrounding the original farm house at YeoValley farm. It’s in a cracking spot overlooking Blagdon Lake in the Mendip hills. The organic garden is divided into a selection of rooms by tall beech hedging and walling. In many ways it’s a typical English country garden with a kitchen garden and a cottage garden but areas have been added that are a glorious surprise. As you walk around, you are not sure what you might see around the corner!
The Kitchen Garden and Greenhouse
I love a good kitchen garden and often fall in love with an exceptional greenhouse. I still can’t get past the greenhouse at Tennyson’s garden on the Isle of Wight! The greenhouse at YeoValley was beautiful and situated in quite a formal part of the garden. It was full of kitchen produce such as tomatoes and peppers but also full of flies which was a shame. Although as this is an organic garden I suppose you have to expect some pests. The kitchen garden was full of healthy and frankly, huge produce! It was in a very sheltered spot and was obviously used for the garden cafe that was on site.
The formal pond area.
There was a formal pond ‘room’ surrounded by borders in ‘hot’ colours such as red and orange. The pond had a great bronze statue that I loved. I’m not sure about using too much red in a garden but I could appreciate the use of yellow hot pokers and red dinner plate Dahlias. In fact, in many sections of the garden ‘hot’ colours were used for a very striking effect.
The main garden surprises for me was a stunning selection of Dahlias which were arranged in different coloured raised beds. I love Dahlias and they had my favourite dinner plate Dahlias looking glorious in the sunshine. There was also an area of White Birch trees surrounded by white plants. It was beautiful! There was an avenue of trees leading to a meadow area. I like finding a garden that make me gasp or be surprised.
I would recommend this garden for an afternoon visit. We went to the cafe for lunch too which was a little disappointing to be honest but I have read that they also have a canteen which serves amazing food. Perhaps next time, we shall book a table because we will be returning to this beautiful garden.
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