The Camellia House

Image for The Camellia House The Interior of The Camellia House

A Segmental Conservatory

Jeffry Wyatt, later Sir Jeffry Wyatville, was first employed by the 6th Duke to build a cottage on his Devonshire Estate at Endsleigh. In 1822, he then came to Woburn Abbey and added a segmental conservatory to, what is now, The Sculpture Gallery. This conservatory became the Camellia House.

After the Abbey and Gardens opened to the public in 1955, this space was originally out of bounds to the public. However, after restoration in 2008, it is now open for visitors' enjoyment with the exception of when it is booked for a private event.  

The Camellia House is available to hire for small cocktail parties, AGMs and other functions and is often used for wedding parties to take their photos in inclement weather. For more information please contact the Gardens Team on 01525 290333.

 

Image for The Camellia House The Camellia House Being Renovated

Camellia House Restoration

A few years ago all of the beds were planted with camellias, with the ones in the centre beds dating from approximately 1980. Based on historical records, we know this is not how it would have been during the 19th century.

To restore the space the Gardens Team cleared the centre beds and pruned back the original camellias in the side beds.  The centre beds were then planted with species collected for the 5th & 6th Dukes of Bedford by plant collectors such as Hooker, Banks and Bartram.

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Woburn Abbey Gardens Tour and Lunch 13th July

Enjoy the splendour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens through the seasons with our 2017 private garden tour and lunch at The Sculpture Gallery.
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A Day with Pippa Greenwood

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Garden Safari Week - August

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Calling all Garden Explorers! Come and join us on our Garden Safari this summer holiday.
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Parkland Tour - August

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Bat Walks

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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.