27th November 2014 

Green Island Gardens
Open Gardens, Nursery, Garden Design in Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex.

Green Island Gardens are private gardens, open for the public to visit in Ardleigh near Colchester, Essex. Professionally designed by its owner Fiona Edmond, Green Island Gardens are laid out as a series of structured gardens displaying a huge range of unusual trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs - 'a plantsmans paradise'.Surely one of the best gardens open to visit in Essex. Recommended in Great British Gardens 2014 and Essex Days Out

The open gardens and plant nursey are open regularly for the public to visit and for the National Garden Scheme. The gardens are also opened for other charities each year. There is also a tearoom newly refurbished with garden design and photographic exhibitions.

Please email Fiona Edmond or call (01206) 230455 for group bookings, guided tours, talks or further info. Evening visits with buffet supper, afternoon teas or childrens parties available.

You can find the Open Gardens and Nursery at Green Island on Park Road, Ardleigh, nr Colchester. Do come and visit this garden in Essex
How to find us, Click here.

For detailed directions please visit the information page of the website (page 6)
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New from 2012 Toilet block including disabled toilet
Wheelchair available for loan.

Green Island is a 20 acre triangular piece of land with the house set in the middle of woodland planted just after 1900. The house was designed by Raymond Erith and built in 1958, along with Nightingales, 'the cottage' and two timber chalets. Much of the woodland was destroyed in the 1987 storm with many mature oaks being lost.

In 1996 Fiona Edmond and her husband bought the house and moved to Green Island with their children. Fiona was seriously ill with M.E and over the next few years used the project of redesigning the garden as her 'therapy'. In 1999 the garden was opened to the public along with a plant nursery.

Materials found on the site have been used throughout the garden, which has been carefully designed as a series of areas with different themes, but all in keeping with the natural surroundings.


Open Gardens & Nursery - 2013

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Garden design workshops,and courses, run by Fiona Edmond
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For special events at the gardens for 2014 Click here

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Open Gardens, Plant Nursery, Garden Design in Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex

A Garden for all seasons





The garden contains many unusual plants often of borderline hardiness which thrive in the unique "island microclimate" every month of the year you will see a host of rare plants in flower. See Monthly attractions

Photography Display

Fiona's father Robert Macdonald has helped in the creation of the gardens from the first clearance in 1997 to irrigation systems, rabbit fencing and grass cutting. He has a love of photography, and a series of his photographs taken all around the world reflecting his love of wild animals and birdlife may be seen, and purchased in the tearoom.

Dads Flowers 2