30th July 2016 


Green Island Gardens
Open Gardens, Nursery, Tearoom, 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 2016 and Essex Days Out

The gardens and plant nursery are open regularly for the public to visit and for the National Garden Scheme.
See details of Bluebells and Azaleas weekend May 7/8 2016 and fantastic Autumn colour weekend October 15/16 2016 in aid of National Gardens Scheme Click here
Green Island Gardens are also opened for other charities each year. In addition there is a tearoom with garden design and photographic exhibitions.

Please email Fiona Edmond or call (01206) 230455 for group bookings, guided tours, talks or further info.
We also cater for evening visits with buffet supper, afternoon cream teas private parties and weddings.

You can find the Open Gardens and Nursery at Green Island on Park Road, Ardleigh, near 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)
Click here

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 and tearoom. Now it has terrace, huge island beds, japanese garden, seaside garden, gravel gardens, water garden, and extensive woodland gardens all packed with a variety of unusual plants many of borderline hardiness seen thriving in the unique "Island microclimate". The gardens have featured in many of the glossy garden publications as they become more well known. Still a family run business with a unique homely feel the gardens remain uncommercialised and Fiona can usually be found chatting to the visitors and sharing her horticultural knowledge with them.

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.

Follow events at the gardens daily on facebook
You can see what is happening daily and follow the plant of the week series as well


Open Gardens & Nursery - 2016

Click here for Open Times

Garden design workshops,talks and courses, run by Fiona Edmond
Click here for details or email
New for 2016: Photography workshops run by Sally Parkinson Click here for details

For special events at the gardens for 2016 Click here

Mothering Sunday
Sunday 6th March.

Bring your mother along to the gardens and get free tea and cake for her!
Our annual offer to encourage people to remember their mothers on this special day.

Bluebells and Azaleas weekend
Saturday 7th/Sunday 8th May

Autumn Colour Weekend
Saturday 15th/Sunday 16th October

in aid of National Gardens Scheme
Come and enjoy the natural beauty of the bluebells and azaleas at Green Island in May and the stunning Autumn colour in October and take up amazing offers in the nursery
Not to be missed


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


Although we do not have a license to hold traditional wedding ceremonies here we are able to cater for alternative ceremonies, and wedding receptions. We will build the package to suit your needs ranging from Victorian afternoon tea party to large evening function with hog roast, music and dancing.
For further details email

Tearoom used for wedding reception


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