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Rambling Roses

At the start of the restoration project, there was no trace of the rest of the Children's Garden, just turf and what remained of the Folly. There was a large sign saying: 'Danger Falling Masonry' and a fence kept visitors away. 

Using original Humphry Repton plans and descriptions from an historic book about the gardens, Hortus Woburnensis, the site was marked out and brought back to life. The rose arches were fitted to the Folly and Her Grace, The Duchess of Bedford, picked out the rambling rose at the Chelsea Flower Show. 

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A Sensory Experience

The project was completed in 2005 and the planting continues to fill out the beds and cover the arches. As you walk through The Children's Garden you will discover a vast array of different textures, sights and smells.

The Folly was the place where a Nanny would read stories to the children. It is an enchanting environment with collections of rocks, fossils, fool's gold and shells all encrusted into the roof.

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

This event has now sold out but we have more dates available.
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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.