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Nine Sizes of Gravel

Woburn Abbey Gardens are located on ribbons of clay and sand. Where the two meet, there is a spring as the water tracks up to the surface in between the different materials. As a result a boggy patch developed in this particular spot. 

Opened in 2007, this contemporary part of the garden was initiated after Her Grace, the Duchess of Bedford, asked if we could do something with this boggy turfed area. It didn't make sense to fight the natural condition of the area, so the Gardens Team decided to design and create a Bog Garden for the space.

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Construction of The Bog Garden

The Bog Garden construction includes 9 different sizes of gravel and boulders to make up the layout that you see today. It was designed to represent a dried up stream and is planted with bog loving plants, including a few carnivorous species.

Some of the plants you will find here include: Hemerocallis 'Crimson Pirate';   Lythrum Rosy Gem; and Primula Vialii. All of these plants enjoy the constant source of water available around their roots and they are also known to attract wildlife to the garden. Particularly in June and July, you will see lots of dragonflies circling The Bog Garden. 

Events & Exhibitions

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Bat Walk

Take an exclusive tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens at night and learn about the nocturnal activities of the bats living in the gardens.
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Bat Walk

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Bat Walk

Take an exclusive tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens at night and learn about the nocturnal activities of the bats living in the gardens.
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Terrarium Workshop

Bedford Estates Head Gardener, Tom Abbott will show you how to create a terrarium which you will then get to take home.
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Bat Walk

Take an exclusive tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens at night and learn about the nocturnal activities of the bats living in the gardens.
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Adam Frost: Intro into Garden Design

This event has now sold out - please check back at a later date as we are planning similar events to this in the future.
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Treasury of Trees Walking Tour

Join us for a guided walk in our Quercetum and Pinetum areas of the gardens to discover our treasury of trees.
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Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

A masterclass in Christmas flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.
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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2019

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Early Bird rates can now be booked on-line for the Gardeners' Garden Show.