With over 4,000 perennials, the borders at Cally are not only stock beds and trial grounds for the nursery, but a magnificent display for visitors. There is plenty of interest throughout the year, with good collections of Helleborus and species Paeonia in spring and early summer, Geranium at mid summer, and Agapanthus, Kniphofia and Crocosmia in late summer and autumn.

Outside of the walled garden, we are developing woodland plantings including large areas of Meconopsis, the Himalayan blue poppies, which love the conditions here.

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Late summer and autumn

The Garden in May

The Garden in early June

The Garden in late June and early July

The Garden in late July

Through their donations, visitors to the garden are helping us to restore the listed 18th century structures at Cally, ensuring their survival for future generations.

Over the past 10 years much has been acheived.

Reslating roofs of potting shed and gardener’s cottage.
Partial repair of 100’ (30m) victorian vinery
Rebuilding south wall using original bricks
Repointing of walls
Replanting of orchard including original varieties
Repairing and rehanging of entrance gates

But much remains to be done! Projects include:

Finish repairs to vinery
Repair mushroom house for opening to the public as an exhibition space

We are grateful to all our visitors for their support.


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