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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


Special Events & Private Functions


Old Herbaceous - An Outdoor Theatre Production

Showing on Saturday 25th June at 4.30pm

Produced by Kick In The Head, Written by Alfred Shaughnessy, Directed by Simon Downing

With Giles Shenton as Herbert Pinnegar

Described as “Downton Abbey with gardening tips”, Old Herbaceous is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants and is a charming one man play which has entranced sell-out audiences all around the country over the last five years.

An acute and sometimes hilarious observation of relationships between the classes in a simpler age, Old Herbaceous is sprinkled with witticisms and epithets. The evening blossoms into tender humour, much in the traditionally understated English style of the early 20th century.

As Old Herbaceous, renowned actor Giles Shenton truly lives the part of the legendary Head Gardener, Herbert Pinnegar, inviting you to feel included in a private chat from a bygone, comforting age. Keeping you engrossed, amused and emotionally engaged from start to finish, Old Herbaceous will leave you with a feeling that, perhaps, all’s right with the world.

Doors  open from 1.30pm            Tickets £15 Adult, £10 Under 16

Get your tickets from the box office here :



















Summer Fayre

Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July 10am - 5pm

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.

Admission fee £5.00 adults

Children and season ticket holders get free entry. 

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny 

Friday 12th & Saturday 13th  August  at 1.30pm

Family favourites, Quantum Theatre, are visiting Green Island Gardens with their delightful new adaptation, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny.

Join Peter and his naughty cousin Benjamin on their hair-raising adventures in the gardens on Fri 12th & Sat 13th Aug.
The show starts at 1.30pm on both days and don't forget to bring fold away chairs, blankets and a picnic - and come dressed for the weather

To book please visit

 Autumn Colour Weekend

   Saturday Oct 8th & Sunday Oct 9th, 2021

   Our annual Autumn colour weekend & NGS open day.

   See the gardens in their fiery autumn glory with Acers, Nyssas,
   Parrotias, Liquidambars, Fothergilla, and many more, including Green Island's 2 National Collections of    Autumn & Winter flowering Camellias and Hamamelis all looking good.










Private Functions

Looking for a unique location for your next private function?

Why not consider Green Island Gardens? Our grounds create a stunning backdrop for a whole range of events from Weddings, to Bar Mitzvahs, Funeral Wakes, Baby Showers, Children's and Adults Birthday Parties, and Anniversaries.

Each function is tailored to your requirements. We will build the package to suit your needs ranging from basic venue hire to Victorian afternoon tea party or large evening function with hog roast, music and dancing. 

Our team can work with you to make your event memorable.



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Green Island Gardens currently does not hold a license for traditional wedding ceremonies, however we are able to hold alternative ceremonies and wedding receptions. 

Contact us for more information or check out our functions & weddings information booklet below.



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