Richard Ayre’s Garden

Winter borders with Cornus sanguinea 'Winter Beauty' - Dogwood at Richard Ayres' Garden, Lode, Cambridgeshire - © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

Winter borders with Cornus sanguinea ‘Winter Beauty’ – Dogwood at Richard Ayres’ Garden, Lode, Cambridgeshire – © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

The Cambridgeshire Garden of Richard Ayres (former head gardener at Anglesey Abbey) in Winter.

Winter border with Cornus alba 'Westonbirt', Skimmia, Betula utilis jacquemontii - Silver birch at Richard Ayres' Garden, Lode, Cambridgeshire in March - © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

Winter border with Cornus alba ‘Westonbirt’, Skimmia, Betula utilis jacquemontii – Silver birch at Richard Ayres’ Garden, Lode, Cambridgeshire in March – © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

Richard has lived in the Thatched Cottage in the village of Lode for over twenty years. The back garden (60m x 30m or 197ft x 98ft) has a wonderful collection of snowdrops, many rare and unusual. Richard built up the famous collection of snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey after finding a rare snowdrop in the woods – Galanthus lagodechinaus. Richard was also responsible for developing the now famous ‘Winter Walk’ at Anglesey Abbey and his own garden with its interesting and colourful winter stems reflects some of the planting from the ‘Winter Walk’.

Frosted Gingko leaf on grass  - © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

Frosted Gingko leaf on grass – © Zara Napier/GAP Photos

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