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


open gardens, garden centre, plant nursery, tea room in Colchester and Essex

General Admission 2024 

Adult: £9.00
Child: £2.50
Groups of 20+: £8.00 per person

Season Tickets available, for more information see below or click here

Free tickets available for carers at on presentation of a carers card. (This is not a disability DVLA card). Proof that you are claiming carers allowance will suffice.

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Group Visits

Green Island Gardens is the perfect place for your next group social or outing, even if you are not horticulturally minded. The vast grounds, meandering paths and stunning beds create an enjoyable and relaxing day out, especially when in the company of friends. We hosts groups ranging from small up to a large coach, and have a wide range of options to cater to each group's requirements; including options such as exclusive access visits, private tours, evening visits, buffet meals, or cream/afternoon teas, plus much much more. So, why not consider us for you next social day out. Discounted tickets are available for groups over 20. 

Contact us to discuss how we can develop a unique group visit package for you or click on the link below to download our group booking information pack.

Group Booking Information Pack

Before paying your deposit please contact us to ensure that your chosen date is available. Booking is secured upon receipt of deposit and booking form.

If you have any further questions, check out or F.A.Q. below or click here, alternatively you can email us 



Opening Hours

 January 16th - December 15th 2024

January, November & December
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
(or dusk)

February & March:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sundays 11am – 4pm

April – October:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sundays & Bank Holidays 11am – 4pm 


Bo and Lola are the official welcoming party!

They are very friendly and are very much part of the "Green Island experience" 



Find Us

Green Island Gardens,
Park Road,
Essex, CO7 7SP

Many sat navs do not find the correct address so it is advisable to follow the detailed instructions on how to find us on the contact page.

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Season Tickets 

These tickets give you unlimited access to our Gardens for the calendar year. Holders of our season tickets receive regular Green Island Gardens updates and discounts on our courses.

Our season tickets make a great gift for family and friends, purchase one today for someone special and treat them to a whole year of days out.

Types of Tickets:
Single - entry to named person only
Double - entry to named person plus one guest
Double in 2 names-  enables either holder to use the card without the other and
                                     bring a guest.
Family - choose either a double or single, then select number of named children to be covered

If you do not fit the above categories please contact us so that we can personalise a season ticket to suit your needs.

Season tickets are available at a reduced price from 1st August, please contact us to receive the discounted price.









 Gift Vouchers

Green Island Gardens Gift Vouchers are a wonderful way to treat a loved one. Our vouchers can be used for any product at Green Island Gardens including:

  • General Admission
  • Tearoom
  • Nursery
  • Courses
  • Season Tickets

Gift Vouchers are available at any value of your choosing. Vouchers are available online, on the phone and in store.



 Frequently Asked Questions

Is the ground flat? Can I use a wheelchair or walker?

Yes! the grounds are reasonably flat with only slight undulations. We also have wheelchairs available for loan should the 20 acres be too large

Can you bring dogs?

Sorry, we do not allow dogs, except assistance dogs

Is there parking?

We have plenty of on-site parking

Where can I find more information about group visits?

In the section above outlining group visits click the green button labeled “Group Visit Information Pack” this will open a new page filled with many of our frequently asked group booking questions as well as a group booking form.

Can I use the tearoom or nursery without purchasing admission?


Do you do guided tours?

Yes! We offer groups and individuals the chance to walk the garden with owner and designer Fiona Edmond. These tours generally last between 1h15m to 1h45m, and cost £60.00. Please contact us for availability

I am not local, could you recommend a place to stay?

We recommend booking one of our Airbnb properties, which you can find through the Airbnb website.

When can I use my Gardener's World 2 for 1 card?

Gardener's World 2 for 1 cards are vaild at Green Island Gardens from September until December 15th

Do you offer a discount for a carer?

Carers receive free admission on presentation of a carer's card, or proof that they receive a carer's allowance.

Why Do Group Visits Have to Pre-Order Food?

We request a pre-order for groups over 10 for a few reasons, mainly to ensure that we have sufficient supplies, as our food is based on fresh produce we have to special order in extra supplies to cater for a larger number. Secondly, our team is very small often only 1 or 2 members of staff will care for the tearoom & food preparation. Without a pre-order, lunches would take a significantly longer time to prepare resulting in very long wait times, for your group as well as our other customers. We understand that this requirement is additional work for the organiser but strongly believe that it positively enhances the whole garden visit experience for your group.


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