Wickham Place Farm Garden

Wickham Place Farm Garden

Station Road

Wickham Bishops





Tel.  01621 891282

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Open Days 

Please note, the garden is not open for any public open days.

We are only open for pre-booked group visits.




About the garden

Wickham Place Farm Garden has evolved over generations, starting with the building of the 2 acre red brick walled

garden back in 1706. Wisterias planted after its life as a cattle farm around 1950, have grown into spectacular features

seen in many magazines, newspapers and TV programmes as far as Germany.

The walled garden is a small part of the 14 acres part planted and part left to wildlife. The woodland has winding paths

though bluebells in May and cyclamen in September. But throughout the year its a glorious place to walk and spot some

of our 80 varieties of birds.

Inside the walled garden are huge borders filled with shrubs, perennials and bulbs for year round colour. Roses, climbers

and of course wisteria scramble up the walls and drip over the many gateways and paths.

Nearby is the last remaining wooden, trestle railway viaduct in the country. Just a 10 minute stroll away it crosses the

River Blackwater where you may be lucky to spot kingfishers.


Group visits

Groups (minimum 15 people) are welcome on any day/evening, by appointment.

Any type of group is most welcome and can be art groups, horticultural groups, U3A, bird watching, wine tasting, garden

society or just a group of friends. With only one group at a time, you will have the whole 14 acres to enjoy. Please note,

we do not add people into group visits, unless they are booked via the group organiser.


Admission charges.  

We recommend a £8.00 pp package to include entrance fee, coffee/tea/soft drink & slice of cake.  Entrance

is £5.00 pp without refreshments. During the 'welcome talk’ information sheets/maps are provided. May is the best time

to see the wisterias but groups are welcome during any month. Proceeds from visits go to Farleigh Hospice.

Allow 1 ½ - 2 hours average visit but it is suggested this is left fairly flexible until you arrive (the weather can play an

important part!).


Plants for sale. A small nursery area with unusual plants for sale at sensible prices. Most are propagated from

plants grown in the garden.

Parking. Ample parking for cars & mini buses.  Large coaches drop off at the gate and park about 1/4 mile away.

If you are planning a whole day out and would like information on other gardens, interesting places, pubs for lunch, etc.

please contact us or Maldon Tourist Information on 01621 856503.



Garden update

July 13, 2015

July 2015

We are closed to visitors until next year when we hope to welcome pre-booked groups and coaches again.

The nursery remains open for sales by appointment only.


Wisterias. We currently have wisteria sinensis and macrobotrys for sale. They are grown from layers of our own plants so

are guaranteed to flower as well as their parents. Phone for prices and availability



March 2016

Interesting Winter weather! As I look out there are still snowdrops flowering and some daffodils are beginning to fade.

Numerous enquiries as to the best time to see the wisterias this year, who can tell? On average its early - mid May but so

much depends upon the night temperatures as well as the daily sunshine. My crystal ball is not working....


Unfinished building work meant we've not started planting the huge new border or the 'hot' island, I'm still

hopeful to start in April. Lots of maintenance and new planting in the walled garden and the woodland. The latter is

always lovely with bluebells, ferns and cyclamen increasing year on year.


February 2017

'Normal' Winter weather this year of frosts, rain and sunshine, hopefully we should have plants coming into leaf and

flower at the correct time. Lots of alterations still going on in the garden and landscaping around the new

buildings. Hard work, which hopefully will pay off during a lovely Summer!