Overview

Cottage garden in a formal setting of lawns and topiary surrounding a 12th-century Manor House.

The garden was originally created by the author Lucy M Boston who based her Green Knowe children's books on both house and garden. The seasons of interest start in January with a mass of snow drops and winter flowering shrubs, followed by the excitement of Spring, the bearded irises, the old roses and then interesting summer annuals take the garden through to the first frosts.

Garden open daily between 11am and 5pm. 
The house is open by appointment to individuals or groups.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Garden only: Open daily 11am to 5pm.

Opening
Opening

2020

Garden only: Open daily 11am to 5pm.

Appointment

The house is open by appointment to individuals or groups.

Find Us
Find us

Just off the A14 on the Huntingdon side of St Ives, Cambridgeshire.

Train to Huntingdon. Guided bus to St Ives. Onward to Hemingford Grey by taxi or walking.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Limited but free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit the gardens for free.

Garden: £5 adults £4 Concessions

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings


Today
Today’s opening hours

Garden only: Open daily 11am to 5pm.

Opening
Opening

2020

Garden only: Open daily 11am to 5pm.

Appointment

The house is open by appointment to individuals or groups.

Find Us
Find us

Just off the A14 on the Huntingdon side of St Ives, Cambridgeshire.

Train to Huntingdon. Guided bus to St Ives. Onward to Hemingford Grey by taxi or walking.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Limited but free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit the gardens for free.

Garden: £5 adults £4 Concessions

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome

Other opening


School Visits

Primary and secondary schools are welcome. 


The Manor, Hemingford Grey's history and features

The house was recreated and made famous as the house of Green Knowe by Lucy Boston in her series of children's books, now regarded as classics. Her son Peter's illustrations depict many of the things in the house and garden. The attic contains toys used by the fictional children of the past; thus visitors get the feeling of 'walking into the books'.

She wrote about family belongings in the house and her son Peter Boston illustrated the books, drawing many of these as well as the house and garden.

In the winter, as well as writing, Lucy Boston made many exquisite patchworks, most of which are on display. Rarely can such an important collection be seen in the house in which the exhibits were made.

This moated house is surrounded by four acres of garden renowned for its collection of over 200 old roses and a collection of irises containing many famous Dykes medal winners, most of them dating from the 1950s. There are hidden corners in the garden so visitors find themselves coming to unexpected parts which are unanticipated from the first impression gained by looking down into it from the public footpath along the towpath beside the river Great Ouse. With its large herbaceous borders of mainly scented plants the garden gives the feeling of being a cottage garden full of favourite plants in a rather formal setting of lawns with topiary coronation shapes and chess pieces in their black and white planted squares.