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Green Island Gardens

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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What an enjoyable day

Private gardens that had a mix of woodland and flowers. Delightful wooden dens and houses for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
KNOTTDawsHeath
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ESSEX
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Quiet and relaxed

A quiet, relaxed and accessible garden which was worth a look as local to the area on a sunny... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Recommended in Great British Gardens 2018 and Essex Days out as well as visit Essex. Featured on front cover of Homes and Gardens 2012 and Ma Maison Ma Jardin 2013. 20 acres of professionally designed gardens within woodland destroyed by the 1987...more
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Green Island Park Road, Ardleigh, Colchester CO7 7SP, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Private gardens that had a mix of woodland and flowers. Delightful wooden dens and houses for children to explore. The bird song was wonderful from the moment we stepped out of the car. Couldn’t help but keep stopping to take in the aromas of the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank KNOTTDawsHeath
Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the gardens and appreciated them for what they are... a celebration of nature and wildlife.

Reviewed 2 days ago

A quiet, relaxed and accessible garden which was worth a look as local to the area on a sunny, bright February day. Arrived at around 11am and didn’t leave till 3pm. We weren’t rushed around the open grounds of the garden and were able to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad you enjoyed the gardens and woodland, the snowdrops get better each year and it is lovely to see our hard work being appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not to be missed! A glorious day yesterday walking the gardens. Swathes of snow drops and crocus, plenty of bird life and a beautiful slice of peace. Cant wait to see it change and bloom in the coming months. Lynn

Date of experience: February 2019
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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. It makes it so rewarding for our team when people like yourselves come and enjoy the gardens so much. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon

Reviewed 3 days ago

A lovely garden to explore and see a wide variety of trees, flowers, shrubs. We were celebrating my sisters birthday. We felt very welcome and relaxed whilst walking around and enjoying the snowdrops and other flowers just starting to appear. The coffee shop sells lovely...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have discovered us for the first time this year, and have been amazed by the amount of colour and scent there is...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited to see the Witchhazels: was amazed by the number, beautiful woodland gardens, peaceful and so many beautiful winter flowering fragrant plants. Excellent nursery and a lovely welcome too. Good tearoom.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. The Hamamelis have flowered particularly well this year after last summers sunshine. Thanks for leaving us a review and we hope to welcome you back again soon

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first visit to the Gardens, having seen an article in Country Living I decided to book this course. The hour and three quarter drive was well worth it. Whilst I didn’t manage to see too much of the actual garden what I...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. I am so glad you enjoyed the course and found it useful. We look forward to welcoming yo back again and hopefully you will get to see more of the gardens.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Green Island Gardens with my camera as it was such a beautiful sunny but freezing cold day! It's really beautiful as I am a great lover of trees and there are so many to see. I spent two hours just enjoying the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very glad that yo enjoyed your first visit to the gardens, your pictures are beautiful. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A real tucked away gem of a garden hidden away in the rural North Essex countryside just north of Colchester. We had the run of the ten acre garden and separate ten acre woodland to ourself and enjoyed a very pleasant freezing cold bright winter...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for takin the time to leave us a review, we really do appreciate it. I am glad that you enjoyed the gardens despite the freezing cold weather. It is always a pleasure to welcome visitors who genuinely enjoy the gardens for...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First visit on a freezing but glorious winter day. There is a great atmosphere here. It's not a manicured winter garden, but there's much to see & smell with winter flowering shrubs throughout, & all the naked trees. The spring plants & bulbs are just...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, we really do appreciate it. I am glad that despite the weather you enjoyed the gardens and the lovely scented shrubs that are on display in the depths of winter. We look...More

Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

I went to the wreath making evening last night and had a lovely time. We were provided with an amazing selection of foliage and berries from the gardens and also seed pods, pine cones and ribbons to use as we liked. After a brief demonstration...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mary M
Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the wreath making course and that your finished result looked so professional. Enjoy it!

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Passport510649
16 February 2019|
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Response from susanandtrevor680 | Reviewed this property |
I don't recall it being discounted, however that could be my senior brain. You could ring them and ask. If I were you I would leave it just a little bit later and wait until the spring bulbs are out. So the phone call or... More
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7 December 2018|
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Response from Linda M | Reviewed this property |
Simply put no! This garden has no proper paths.
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jah1526
23 September 2018|
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Response from Fiona E | Property representative |
Yes we have a tearoom which served home made light lunches, teas, cakes and cream teas. See website for full details
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