Dorothy Clive Garden in Market Drayton

Delightful and inspiring place whatever the season.

Dorothy Clive Garden in Market Drayton

One of the best tourist attraction in Market Drayton, Dorothy Clive Garden is a 12 acre garden seen as a very beautiful Plantsman’s Paradise. An exceptionally relaxing place packed with plants of interest throughout the year. A winter garden, laburnum tunnel, alpine scree with pool, rose walk, edible woodland, seasonal borders, large Mediterranean glasshouse and rhododendron filled woodland with waterfall are just some of the highlights you will find here.

The garden is both intimate and informal with a network of meandering paths that invite you to explore. Relax in the tearoom with adjoining terrace lawn that affords some wonderful views into the surrounding Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire countryside. A picnic area is also available. The Dorothy Clive Garden is a registered charity. The garden is expressly intended to be used for the enjoyment and benefit of the public and to support horticultural education. The garden hosts a range of events throughout the year including children’s activities.

Dorothy Clive Garden is known as an historical site in Market Drayton. The garden’s initial creation lay in Colonel Harry Clive’s wartime decision of 1940, to provide his ailing wife – Dorothy – with a ‘series of interesting walks’ as she battled with Parkinson’s disease. Unfortunately Dorothy died in 1942 but Colonel Clive continued work apace throughout the 1940s and 1950s, especially in The Quarry Garden which covers approximately 2 acres.

In 1958 management of the then ‘fledgling’ garden was entrusted, by Colonel Clive, to a newly established, small-scale, independent charity – The Willoughbridge Garden Trust. This charity still manages, what is now a much larger and considerably enhanced 12 acre garden. Currently, the ‘Trust’ directly employs a small specialist team of staff to manage the site’s affairs. These core staff members are ably supported by a dedicated group of volunteers who primarily help with gardening, administration and the running of events.

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