The ‘Gardens’ area at Natural Surroundings is divided into 18 demonstration gardens, varying in size from the tiny Bog Garden to the more expansive Woodland Garden and Reptile Refuge. All of them lie, however, within the range of sizes found in the vast majority of private gardens, making them easy to relate to.

Our gardens have two main aims: to demonstrate wildlife-friendly gardening and to showcase plants.We love plants in all their myriad colours, shapes and sizes and all of our gardens are designed to show them off to best advantage. For this we use a variety of planting schemes, both formal and informal, as well as pots, troughs, containers, cold frames and greenhouses. As well as a wide selection of British wild flowers, we also grow plants from around the Northern Hemisphere – Europe, eastern Asia and North America. Not only are these interesting and attractive, they are often almost as good for wildlife as native British species. Follow the links below to find out more about our gardens.

The Tea Garden

A great splace to sit and relax, but there ar many interesting things to see too.


Poppy Garden

A 'taster' for our extensive demonstration gardens, and you will be surprised how varied poppies are!

Common Poppy

The Wildlife Garden

The size and shape of a typical small garden, demonstrating just how much you can do to attract wildlife with limited space.

The wildlife Garden

Kitchen Garden

Some of our favourite plants displayed in troughs, cold-frames and tiered beds.

The Kitchen Garden

Woodland Garden

Wildlife-friendly plants from around the Northern Hemisphere.

Bog Garden

Britain has many of the world’s most important bogs, just one of many reasons to go 'peat-free'.

Dwarf Birch catkins

Rill Garden

Streamside planting.

The Rill Garden

The Cage

The darker side of plants.

The Cage

Creepy-crawly Garden

Dank and decay are very important!

Creepy-crawly Garden

The Orchard

Old apple trees underplanted with a mixture of colourful perennials..

The Orchard

Butterfly Garden

Give butterflies a home for the all of their lives, all year-round..

Silver-washed Fritillary in Bee Garden

Herb Garden

Plants with real and imagined uses as dyes, medicines and flavourings.

The Herb Garden

Bee Garden

Love bees in your garden.

The Bee Garden

Moth Garden

Natural Surroundings is  home to more than 600 species of moth.

Garden Tiger Moth

The Seaside Garden

Plants that can survive wind and salt spray. Page under constrction - text and pics coming soon.

Seaside Garden

Arable Weeds

Dug-over each spring and sown with annuals.

Arable Beds

Chalk Bank

Plants from chalk and limestone grassland.

Daphne mezereum on Chalk Bank

‘For Flora & Fauna’

A garden for children.

Wildlife Pond

Big or small, a pond is a mus for wildlife if you have the space.

Broad-bodied Chaser

Reptile Refuge

Structures and habitats to shelter reptiles.

Slow-worm and Toad in the Reptile Refuge