The Story of Gardening

Dig into the history of gardening and unearth its impact on people and culture, in our new immersive experience. Concealed within ancient woodland, The Story of Gardening transports you to gardens from around the world and throughout time - exploring the human impulse to shape beauty from the ground at our feet.


Discover horticultural history through multi-sensory Garden Rooms, from courtyards of the ancient world to the retreats of Islamic kings, Chinese philosophers, English landowners and the inhabitants of today’s living skyscrapers.


Get hands on with soil, scents, botany and design. Visit the world’s most famous gardens in virtual reality pods, admiring the abundant fruit trees of Babylonstoren or gazing into the lily ponds at Monet’s Giverny.


Our plant-based café serves seasonal dishes following the journey of the Garden Rooms, from Persia to Japan, taking inspiration from these international gardens and gastronomies.


Please book a place for The Story of Gardening experience on arrival at our Threshing Barn. From here you will be directed to the Deer Park, where you will weave along The Viper - an exhilarating treetop walkway – before arriving at the exhibition. Entry is included in your Day Ticket or Garden Membership.

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