The Bog Garden

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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. 

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Spring Pruning Study Day

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Twilight Parkland Tour - April

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Jonathan Moseley - Create a Cutting Garden Patch

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Twilight Parkland Tour - May

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Woburn Abbey Garden Show 2018

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After the huge success of the 2017 Garden Show this June we are pleased to announce that tickets can now be purchased for the 9th Woburn Abbey Garden Show taking place on 23rd and 24th June 2018. Set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey, ‘The Gardener’s Garden Show’ offers visitors one of the best location of any show in the UK, taking place within the 42 acres of Abbey Gardens.
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Twilight Parkland Tour - July

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Bee Walk

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Bat Walks

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