Wiltshire Tourist Guide

Heale Gardens and Plant Centre on the River Avon - OPENING 01 MARCH 2017

Middle Woodford
United Kingdom
+44(0)1722 782504
Bookmark this page Visit Website Enquire on-line

Your Search

Additional Features

Gift Shop


Thee eight acres of the beautiful Heale Gardens lie beside the river Avon at Middle Woodford, just north of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Much of the house is unchanged since King Charles II hid here in 1651.

Opening: 1st March
10am - 5pm Wednesday - Saturday
11am - 4pm Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays
(Gardens CLOSED Sundays February and March

On a sunny summer's day Heale's formal gardens display spectacular colour while welcome shade can be found in the walled garden and quiet tranquility in the Japanese water garden (above). Sit on the banks of the river Avon and catch a glimpse of the trout for which this river is famous.

The timeless atmosphere at Heale is the result of the creative endeavors of many generations of the Rasch family, who still live in the house, each inspired to leave their mark on a place through which the sparkling tributaries of the river Avon flow. Trout filled streams crossing under the authentic Japanese tea house and below the red Nikko bridge meander through the woodland garden, a rich gardener's paradise.

From early spring when sheets of aconites and snowdrops carpet the ground, to late summer when the crescendo of unusual planting explodes, the garden is in a constant state of flux. In the vegetable garden decorative apple tunnels separate the beds that still supply the house.

Meadows of spring bulbs are home to a new collection of magnolias, and colour-themed borders add contemporary drama to a garden that seems lost in time and is a continual source of inspiration to its owners and the visitors it never fails to charm.

Plant Centre
There is also a specialist plant centre with a wide variety of hardy garden plants including many that are new and unusual. We stock a wide selection of mostly home grown shrubs and herbaceous plants and can offer advice on planting and design.
Specialities include magnolias, trilliums, climbers, old fashioned roses, drought tolerant and deer resistant plants as well as plants that are good for birds and butterflies.

Come and enjoy homemade light lunches and teas in our riverside coffee shop.

For further details and location please clickon 'Visit Website' and 'View on Map' buttons at the top of this page.