Garden Organic

Entry: £6 adults (admits one child free), concessions £5.50, additional children aged 5 to 15 £3, under fives free
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm everyday
Contact: Garden Organic Ryton, CV8 3LG,
Tel: 024 7630 3517
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Best bit: Wandering aimlessly, feeling inspired to turn your garden into a botanical paradise
Worst bit: The restaurant and cafe might be a haven but the gardens are not nearly as welcoming on a rainy day

Only a short drive – but what feels like a million miles away – from the city centre is this garden oasis, a patchwork spread over 10 acres.
The bee garden shows how attracting wildlife will help your garden bloom without chemical fertilizers.
And if you’re so inclined you can learn everything you never knew about how to turn a rotting bog into garden heaven in the compost corner.
But the highlight is the biodynamic garden, a super stylish display of raised beds, ornate sculptures and mosaics.
For the 99 per cent of us scratching our heads at the term “biodynamics”, it’s a newfangled technique of gardening, led by lunar cycles. Yes, that really does mean planting your parsnips when the moon is in Cancer and Jupiter aligns with Mars. Crazy, but beautiful.
Garden Organic Ryton co-ordinates international research and patron Prince Charles and vice president Raymond Blanc are regular visitors.
For littluns there's a children's garden and a Vegetable Kingdom with games and quizzes.
For posh nosh with someone who really appreciates quality ingredients, there’s an organic restaurant, serving produce grown on site. And for the casual visitor there’s an excellent tea room with homemade snacks. And as well as a gardening centre, there’s an extensive organic shop, with fruit and veg, free range meat from local farms, eco cleaning products and cosmetics, and a good selection of beers and wines.

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