The Folly and Children's Garden

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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.

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Events & Exhibitions

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Parkland Tour - August

Come along on a tour around our beautiful deer park, and experience it as Humphry Repton intended.
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Bat Walks

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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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Autumn Gardening Skills

This session is designed to give you a range of horticultural skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own garden maintenance. The perfect introduction if you are not sure where, when or how to get started in your own garden.
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Bat Walks

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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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Pruning Study Day

This session is designed to give you a wide range of pruning skills and enable you to get hands on with plant material to gain the confidence with your own garden maintenance.
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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 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.