August at Furzey Gardens is just perfect for a family day out.

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.

Dahlia and Lobelia Tupa in the cottage garden at Furzey Gardens

Our Eucryphia, one of the original plantings in the garden, was highlighted as a must-see for late July, however it is flowering really late this year. We expect the full display to arrive mid August when the tree will be bustling with bees busily collecting pollen.

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 scarlett blooms of crocosmia Lucifer

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. New additions this year include doors inspired by our ‘Design a fairy door’ competition winners Penny Sanford and Chloe Davis. Penny’s ‘Fairy Cake Shop’ and Chloe’s ‘Butterfly growing house’ are fantastic new additions to the Furzey fairy community.

Fairy Cake Shop and Butterfly Growing House, new fairy doors for 2021

For something a little different, how about enjoying an evening of outdoor theatre as London Touring Players bring their production of The Importance of Being Earnest to Furzey Gardens. The show runs from 24 August to 4 September, book your tickets.

The lifting of restrictions means that you can now take any route around the gardens, instead of following our one-way route. We do ask that you are mindful of other visitors and continue to respect social distancing where possible. We also ask that you continue to pre-book your tickets and wear a face mask when entering our tea rooms to order, or use the toiler facilities. Our inside seating in the tea rooms is still closed for now, but there are more tables on the terrace for refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you.

Book garden visit tickets here.

 

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