Family days out at Furzey Gardens in August

With plenty of secret paths to discover, quirky structures to explore, a children’s play area and hidden fairy doors to find, there is plenty to keep the kids happy whilst you enjoy our beautiful gardens.

A stop in the cottage garden this month will bring you colourful displays from buddleia, lobelia and dahlia, attracting a variety of insect life. Lobelia Tupa present their beautiful tall red flowers, gently swaying in the breeze. Whilst spending a few minutes taking in the buddleia is sure to afford you the sight of butterflies enjoying the nectar.

Wander down to our lake and enjoy the beautiful waterlilies as dragonflies dart across the water.

Silver-washed fritillary butterfly on buddleia and Furzey lake full of waterlilies

Our Eucryphia, one of the original plantings in the garden, will be flowering soon and you can expect an abundance of small white flowers and attracting bees busily collecting pollen, look out for this as you walk past the giants table.

Elsewhere our trees and shrubs take on a quieter role, but there is still plenty to stop and enjoy.  Take a closer look at some of our collection and you will see interesting specimens such as our snake bark maple just before the wooden walkway, or our himalayan birch, betula utilis, with it’s stunning white bark.

Snakebark Maple and the plentiful flowers of the Eucryphia

A truly unusual sight is the tetracentron sinense, just by Heavens Gate. This is a rare and beautiful tree with tiny green flowers that cluster in groups of four along catkin-like spikes which grow up to six inches long.

Hydrangea are fully in bloom at the moment with the bottom path awash with hues of pink and purple. Other specimens around the garden include hydrangea panticulata which are distinguished by their more conical shaped flowerhead.

Beautiful heads of hydrangea flowers and the unusual catkin-like display from tetracentron sinense

For the kids it is a great time to explore our hidden paths to search for over 40 fairy doors that are hidden around the gardens. The fairies often move doors around the gardens, and introduce new doors when they can. Look out also for some new additions in our trees, and also some information board celebrating the 100 year history of Furzey Gardens.

For something a little different, how about enjoying an evening of outdoor theatre as London Touring Players bring their production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ to Furzey Gardens. The show runs from 13 August to 3 September, book your tickets.

To help our car parking availability you must pre-book online for visits between 10am and 1pm from 23 July – 4 September. This includes members and you may be turned away if you do not have a booking. Walk-ins will still be accepted from 1pm.

We look forward to seeing you.

Book garden visit tickets here.

 

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