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Barbara Barlow's Cottage Garden

Type:Garden

The Ridges, Weavers Brow, Cont. of Cowling Road, Limbrick, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 9EB

Tel: 01257 279981

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Barbara Barlow's Cottage Garden

The story of Barbara’s garden starts in the 1970s when she used to help her mother with their garden centre in the back garden. The more she learned about plants the more her interest grew. By the time her children had grown and flown she was hooked.

Realising the potential of the garden, she began restoring and developing. Original apple trees lining the paths were pruned, but otherwise you wouldn’t recognise the back garden now. Dense cottage planting demonstrates Barbara’s eye for combination of colour, form, and foliage. Through an arch, a large formal gated lawn is fringed with bright foliage specimen trees cleverly positioned to shine against a dark copper beech, holly and rhododendrons.

This shelter protects such tender plants as windmill palm and Magnolia Grandiflora, and provides a lovely setting for a Victorian-style glasshouse used for entertaining.

In a natural style stream garden, damp-loving plants such as gunnera and rogersia grow down towards a pool, and a Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose runs rampant over trellis and trees. Recently an old buttressed wall has been uncovered to create a new, naturally planted quiet area, with scented plants and herbs to attract butterflies and bees. Barbara’s horticultural achievement is to be admired and enjoyed.

Bank Holiday Sundays & Mondays (excluding Easter): 11.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesdays & Thursdays through June & July: 11.00am - 5.00pm
When the spectacular fragrant rambling roses will be in full bloom.
Wednesday & Thursdays through August 11.00am - 5.00pm


Private group visits by appointment
Light refreshments available

Cream teas and home made cakes are available and also plants for sale on all open days.

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Ticket£4.50 per ticket
Under 14Free

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Open for private visits in addition to the dates/times below - please call to book (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
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Early May Bank Holiday 2019 (6 May 2019 - 7 May 2019)
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Spring Bank Holiday 2019 (27 May 2019 - 28 May 2019)
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June, July and August 2019 (6 June 2019 - 23 Aug 2019)
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Wednesday - Thursday11:00 - 17:00
Summer Bank Holiday 2019 (26 Aug 2019 - 27 Aug 2019)
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Events

Wednesday, 1st May 2019 - Saturday, 31st August 2019

Saturday, 1st June 2019 - Wednesday, 31st July 2019

Thursday, 1st August 2019 - Saturday, 31st August 2019

Garden Open Days - Barbara Barlow's Cottage GardenSee the garden in all its glory on selected open days throughout spring and summer.
more info

Awards

  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018

Directions

Road Directions

2 miles south east of Chorley. Jct 27 M6 or jct 8 M61 approaching Chorley on A6, follow signs for town centre, then signs for Cowling & Rivington. From A6 south turn right at 1st roundabout, right at Morrisons Supermarket. Up Brooke Street, take Cowling Brow, approx 0.25m garden on right-hand side.

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