Enjoy Benjamin Britten's beautiful garden as part of the National Garden Scheme.

The tranquil garden maintains the 1950s and 1960s domestic setting that reflects the period Britten and Pears were living at The Red House. Elements of its former life as a farm are still present, and give the garden structure and character. Traditional cottage garden mixed herbaceous borders surround the house creating a wonderful setting for its musical history.

The courtyard displays a magnificent Chinese wisteria, and on the croquet lawn a venerable Irish yew and gnarly Mulberry are among notable mature trees. Contemporary beds in front of the Archive building are planted with grasses, bamboos, dogwood and willow to complement a modernist sculpture by artist Geoffrey Clarke. To the side, a row of Himalayan birches has been planted with lavender beds containing pollinator-friendly drought resistant plants for a long summer display.

There is an ornamental kitchen garden with fruit bushes and vegetables. The orchard contains apples, pears and stone fruit, and is underplanted with camassia and snakes head fritillaries. The Rose terrace beds contain plants such as delphiniums and irises which were loved by Britten and Pears.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Guernsey, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions.

Come and support this wonderful charity and enjoy the splendour of The Red House.


General booking opens Saturday 26 November at 10am.

Advance booking for members begins on 08 November and runs until 25 November. Find out how you can support our work by becoming a member, and enjoy priority booking.

Priority Booking for members:

Chairman’s Circle from 8 November, Sky Members from 10 November, Reed Members from 12 November, Marsh Members from 14 November, Water Members from 16 November, Friends and Young Friends from 18 November, Introductory Members from 24 November.

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