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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'Grow your own' masterclass with Pippa Greenwood

Learn how to 'Grow Your Own' from this well-known gardening expert.
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Spring and Easter Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

A masterclass in spring flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.
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Spring Pruning Study Day

This session is designed to give you a wide range of pruning skills - you will get hands on with plant material in order to gain confidence in your own garden maintenance.
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Twilight Parkland Tour - April

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Jonathan Moseley - Create a Cutting Garden Patch

Learn from the expert and create a colourful cutting patch at home.
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Twilight Parkland Tour - May

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Garden Show - VIP Packages

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We invite you to enjoy a very special day out at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show with our exclusive VIP packages.
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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

Experience the grounds of Woburn Abbey in a whole new light on this exclusive out-of-hours tour of the parkland and gardens.
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Bee Walk

Discover the importance of attracting bees to your garden and, more importantly, how to attract them.
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Bat Walks

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 Walks

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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Christmas Flowers with Jonathan Moseley

A masterclass in Christmas flower-arranging with floral expert, Jonathan Moseley.