The Echium Garden & Nursery

The Walled Garden, Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9EP

The walled garden, established in the 1870’s was designed to supply harvests of fruit and vegetables, including exotics such as the “Thoresby Pineapple”, throughout the whole year. A wide range of flowers with many new species introduced by Victorian plant hunters were grown for displays at Thoresby Hall, a significant prestigious estate at that time. Visitors will see some examples of heritage plants grown by the first head gardener, Mr Henderson. Very different today after many years of neglect, the garden is coming alive again! The new Echium Garden occupies a corner of the walled garden and is designed to showcase a vast number of Echium plant varieties including displays of the plants that make up the 'National Collection of Echium'. Newly planted herbaceous borders can be viewed and plants will be on sale. The garden is the beginning of a long term project to regenerate this unique heritage site.The star of the garden displays is the giant tree Echium, Echium Pininana, a wow factor plant that grows to over 15 feet tall and endemic to the holiday island of Tenerife but loving the sandy soil borders in Thoresby!

Linda & Ray Heywood from Echium World welcome you! - RHS Siver Medal winners

Garden visit and talk 'A potted history of Thoresby walled garden' available for group bookings

Please revisit this page again for Opening times 2019

Group visits welcome

Please note that these refer to the Echium Garden and nursery in the Walled Garden at Thoresby Park. At all other times by appointment only, please make contact here

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Admission - Adult £3, children free

Car parking, toilets & café at Thoresby Courtyard

Directions here


Tel: 07957 602073