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Barbara Barlow's Cottage Garden

Type: Garden

The Ridges
Weavers Brow, Cont. of Cowling Road

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 a laburnum arch, a large formal 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, 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.


  • National Awards***Member of Marketing Lancashire ***Member of Marketing Lancashire 2014

Opening Times

Open for private visits in addition to the dates/times below - please call to book (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Early May Bank Holiday 2018 (30 Apr 2018 - 1 May 2018)
Spring Bank Holiday 2018 (28 May 2018 - 29 May 2018)
June, July and August 2018 (7 Jun 2018 - 24 Aug 2018)
Summer Bank Holiday 2018 (27 Aug 2018 - 28 Aug 2018)


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

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

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