open gardens, garden centre, plant nursery, tearoom Colchester Essex

Green Island Gardens

open gardens, garden centre, plant nursery, tearoom Colchester Essex

Green Island Gardens

open gardens, garden centre, plant nursery, tearoom Colchester Essex

Green Island Gardens

open gardens, garden centre, plant nursery, tearoom Colchester Essex

Green Island Gardens

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Green Island Gardens

A little piece of Heaven - on Earth..

Green Island Gardens is 20 acres of private gardens, open for the public to visit in Ardleigh near Colchester, Essex. Professionally designed by its owner Fiona Edmond, the land is laid out as a series of structured gardens displaying a huge range of unusual trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs - 'A Plantsman's Paradise'. Surely one of the best gardens open to visit in Essex. Featured in Country Living February 2019, and recommended in Great British Gardens 2019 and Essex Days Out




2021 Opening from Tuesday January 12th as normal

We are happy to announce that, following the government guidelines, all our facilities are now open to the public. Our Tearoom is serving the full menu of light lunches, drinks and cakes with tables outside, offering a beautiful backdrop for a relaxed and safe outdoors lunch. The nursery is also open, with a large variety of most plants that you can enjoy in the gardens. We are also offering click and collect and mail order options.

Due to Covid we will be limiting interaction at the entrance as much as possible so if you would like to buy a season ticket for this year it would help us if you could purchase in advance, either online or by calling the gardens during opening hours.

We very much hope things will return to normality as soon as possible

We do limited mail order service and can arrange local delivery. If you are interested please contact us with your requirements and we will get back to you with availability and prices. 

Summer Fayre, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th July

The gardens are open to showcase the Giant Tree Lilies which look and smell beautiful at this time of year.

An open air bazaar will be held in the main gardens with stalls showcasing local art, crafts and produce.
Home cooked snacks and refreshments will be available in the tearoom.

Normal entry cost to gardens on day although tickets can be booked on Eventbrite

If you are interested in holding a stall at our Fayre please contact Alex on

Colchester Community Market, Last Friday of month

We are pleased to host Colchester's Community Market. The next date is the 30th July and we have lots off local stalls selling gifts, bakes, eco products, clothing, jewellery and more.

Entry to the market is free at the front of the gardens. 

10am -2pm

One Day Yoga Retreat 

Sunday 8th August 2021

“Opening to Our Authentic Nature”

With Jude Medhurst – a Satyananda Yoga qualified and British Wheel of Yoga Accredited Teacher (of 22+ years) presenting a Yin & Yang Vinyasa inspired yoga session that will also include breath work, meditation and relaxation.

Offered at an introductory cost of £65 per person and with just 12 spaces available for each day, it is advised to book early.

Your day also includes light refreshments, a nutritious vegetarian / vegan lunch plus your entry to the Gardens in the afternoon.

For bookings / enquiries please contact Jude on 07788-968220 or by email on

Yoga,  Meditation & Mindfulness Mini Day Retreat

Sunday August 22nd,  10am - 4pm

Welcoming Gary Layzell, qualified Yoga Teacher & Practitioner, Spiritual Life Coach and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to our Gardens for a one day introduction

"Press Pause and Breathe A While"   

 Two gentle 1 hour Yoga classes, a talk on "what Yoga means to you" ,A slow Mindfulness walk, Learn the art of Meditation, Light refreshments and a Vegan Lunch, Entry to the Gardens and an opportunity to explore on your own.    

At an introductory cost of £60 per person.  With only 15 spaces available for this special day of nature, relaxation and well-being, don't miss out!                                                                       

All bookings and enquiries can be made directly through Gary on 07515159960 or email 


All our courses are going to be restarting in September.  If you have voucher feel free to rebook by emailing us, or if you fancy a doing 1 day workshop led by Fiona herself or for the more adventurous why not book on the next 6 week garden design course and be guided through the stages of redesigning your own garden from scratch. See the courses page.

Contact Us                       Plant Nursery Page

 2021 Opening Hours

January 12th - November 30th
10am - 5pm
(or dusk)

Tuesday - Sunday
and Good Friday and Bank Holiday Mondays

Sorry No Canine visitors except assistance Dogs.

We are wheelchair friendly


Group Visits

Green Island Gardens welcomes group visits all year round, from horticultural to social clubs we can create a wonderful day out for your group.

To avoid disappointment please contact us to ensure availability for your chosen date.

Group Visit Information Pack

Admission Prices

January 12th - March 31st 2021

Adult: £6.50
Child: £2.00
Group of 20+: £6.00

April 1st - October 31st

Adult: £8.00
Child: £2.50
Group of 20+: £7.50

November 1st - 30th

Adult: £6.50
Child: £2.00
Group of 20+: £6.00

2021 Season Tickets

Prices from Jan 1st

Single: £29.00
Double: £42.00 (holder + guest)
Double with 2 names: £58.00 (couple + 1 guest, allowing either partner to use the ticket)

Family ticket from £34.00 available as either a single or double, plus £5.00 per child (2-17)


Prices from Aug 1st 

Single: £21
Double: £29 (holder + guest)
Double with 2 names: £42 (couple + 1 guest, allowing either partner to use the ticket)

Family ticket from £24.50 available as either a single or double, plus £3.50 per child (2-17)


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Seasonal Videos

Fiona shares her Garden with you

At Green Island Gardens we create a series of videos that showcase different aspects of the gardens and give tips to all of you.

Classic Camellias to awake your Spring Garden!  

In this video Fiona talks about Spring Camellias, different varieties you can find,
some peculiarities about them and how to look after this classic eastern and southern Asiatic evergreen shrub.
Tips useful both for the experienced gardener and for the gardener who is willing to learn.

If you can't resist the temptation of adding a Camellia to your Garden, get in touch with us!

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to access to all our videos!

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Learn about Hamamelis in this podcast in collaboration with Roots and All.
In this episode Fiona talks knowledgeably about Hamamelis, also known as Witch-hazel,
plant for which we hold the National Collection with Plant Heritage.

Click Here for Further Information on Visiting Green Island Gardens

Fiona's Blog


20 acres of professionally designed gardens by Fiona Edmond including terrace, Japanese garden, huge island beds, water gardens, gravel, seaside gardens and extensive woodland gardens all packed with a host of unusual plants often of borderline hardiness seen thriving in the uniq"t;;island microclimate" The gardens are sensitively planted for interest all year round and special highlights include the snowdrops in February, Bluebells and Azaleas in April/May, main borders and water gardens June to September and finally the autumn colour in October/November. 
"A Plantsman's Paradise"
The gardens and plant nursery are open regularly for the public to visit and for the National Garden Scheme and other charities. 



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The nursery has grown to supply plants to gardens that Fiona designs for private clients and to meet the demands of the visitors to the gardens, who often delight at finding so many of the plants that are displayed in the gardens on offer for sale in the nursery.
There is a large choice of shrubs, herbaceous plants and bulbs as well as a selection of ornamental trees for sale.
There are a large number of Acers for sale at reasonable prices.
We aim to keep prices as low as possible, and visitors are invited to write their own plant name labels. 

Fiona can usually be found around the garden and she and her staff will be happy to give any advice on plants in the gardens and the nursery.



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Tea Room

Our tea room offers a relaxed place to reflect on the gardens and enjoy some refreshments. In addition to a selection of teas and coffees with a choice of delicious home made cakes and freshly baked scones, light lunches are available daily including a variety of freshly filled baguettes and toasted sandwiches to order, jacket potatoes and home made soups. 
Traditional cream teas with sandwiches, savouries, scones and cakes can be ordered in advance.
We are happy to cater for groups and private parties.
There is a photographic exhibition where wildlife photographs taken all around the world by Fiona's parents can be purchased as prints or cards; and also a garden design exhibition where plans of 'before' and 'after' photographs of gardens that Fiona has designed for private clients can be viewed, along with plans and photographs showing the development of Green Island Gardens.




Green Island was originally part of the Ardleigh Park estate which was owned by Miss Winifred Elin. The house was designed as a bungalow for her by Raymond Erith and built in 1958 where she lived a simple natural existence, entertaining many of her fellow members of the anthroposophical society of which she was secretary in 1939. Part of the the original orchard from the park survived and relics of a small area of garden could be seen. Miss Elin's housekeeper and goddaughter Mrs Cissie Parker inherited Green Island  just after the 1987 hurricane in which much of the woodland was destroyed. 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 ten years the project of redesigning the garden became her 'therapy'. 

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

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  Special  Events

Bluebells Bazaar

Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd May 2020

It is a perfect time to come and see the Bluebells & Azaleas. We will also have a host of craft stalls, selling local and handcrafted items.



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Fiona's father Robert Macdonald has a love of Wildlife Photography, which he now shares with Fiona's Mother Marny.

A series of their images as prints and cards taken all around the world can be viewed and purchased in the tearoom at Green Island Gardens.





Come & Visit

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, Essex.


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