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Green Island Gardens

Green Island Park Road, Ardleigh, Colchester CO7 7SP, England
+44 1206 230455
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What a magical gem

I visited this wonderful garden for the first time yesterday. Such a beautiful place, food for... read more

Reviewed today
Patty B
A joy to meander

We visited on 17 Mayas part of a large group. Four of us together wandered the gardens, and we... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Judith E
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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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+44 1206 230455
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"tea room"
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"small nursery"
in 9 reviews
"peaceful garden"
in 9 reviews
"cakes"
in 18 reviews
"woodland area"
in 8 reviews
"dogs and cats"
in 3 reviews
"water garden"
in 8 reviews
"secret garden"
in 4 reviews
"lovely surprise"
in 4 reviews
"my elderly mother"
in 3 reviews
"love gardens"
in 3 reviews
"interesting plants"
in 8 reviews
"flower beds"
in 10 reviews
"baguette"
in 11 reviews
"coach party"
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"formal gardens"
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"changing seasons"
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Reviewed today

I visited this wonderful garden for the first time yesterday. Such a beautiful place, food for the soul, quiet and lovely "secret" places to sit, a pond area where I had my picnic surrounded by azaleas and rhododendrons in full bloom and literally dozens of...More

Thank Patty B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited on 17 Mayas part of a large group. Four of us together wandered the gardens, and we have visited many over the years. This was not Kew Gardens, nor was it RHS, which are lovely and well manicured. This was a delight of...More

Thank Judith E
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Having lived in the area for almost forty years ,I only heard of Green Island in the last couple of weeks. So yesterday, being a glorious day and we decided to pay a visit. After a quick coffee we ambled around the absolutely stunning gardens...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this to be a real little gem. Wounderful woodland setting with an abundance of colour and interesting pathways .Easy strolling with an informal feel to the whole experience.

Thank Doug M
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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I am glad you enjoyed the gardens and the relaxed homely feel we strive to maintain. Please do visit us again in another season

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bank Holiday Monday visit, wonderful smell of bluebells on arrival. This was our second visit as we live quite local, made welcome on arrival. Initially strolled around the woods, followed by a nice light lunch,reasonably priced and freshly made, basking in the sunshine. Then spent...More

Thank Martin G
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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review, it is much appreciated and nice to know our visitors are enjoying the gardens. Thank you also for posting your lovely photos.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a stallholder, I could not have been made more welcome and well looked after. Fabulous gardens with a lovely peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. The owners and staff are absolutely delightful. Every visitor I spoke with agreed that they had exactly the same feelings. The...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another enjoyable visit with two friends. Over 70 years ago the three of us played in these woods, we loved them then and we love them now, what Fiona has done is amazing, to make these woods into a garden without spoiling the peaceful atmosphere...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had not heard of these gardens until I searched for local gardens that were open this weekend. As soon as we drove through the entrance we knew we had chosen well. The driveway carried us into the enchanted woods of spring. With the azure...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Allan and I happened across Green Island Gardens and had a wonderful experience. At this time of year it was spectacular...full of colour, scents, hidden corners, soft teasing plants, just wanting to be admired and pointed at. Every season must be equally so and a...More

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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Faye, Many thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, it is greatly appreciated. It is for the enjoyment of visitors such as you that we do al the hard work, people who really appreciate the gardens for what they are and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited today, (our 4th visit since purchasing an annual ticket), primarily to see the tulips in bloom. Our previous visits were to see the snowdrops and the daffodils. The garden was looking glorious with numerous camellias and Acer's as well as the tulips. An...More

Thank Pam7578
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Fiona E, Owner at Green Island Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I am so glad you are making good use of your season ticket....we pride ourselves that it really is a garden for all seasons...whenever you come there will be lots of unusual plants in bloom. The bluebells have surprised us because we assumed they would...More

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Yellowbanker
12 March 2018|
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Response from Fiona E | Property representative |
No I am sorry but we do not allow visitors dogs in the gardens except assistance dogs.
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brigettelcc
30 October 2017|
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Response from Fiona E | Property representative |
Yes lots
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Trevor A
10 August 2016|
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Response from lindarice48 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure but would say probably not. You could always ring and ask.
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