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We are looking forward to welcoming you to the garden this spring – we open on 1st April. With a mild winter both the garden and the plants in the nursery are looking stunning.

We know many of you may feel you are stuck at home with the COVID-19 restrictions, but Government advice is that you can go out of doors.

Our garden is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors whilst “social-distancing.” With four acres and plenty of seats dotted around the garden there is plenty of space to smell the flowers and listen to the birds.

The tea room will be open for you to enjoy cakes and refreshments. We have simplified the layout and put in other measures to reduce the amount of  physical contact.

The plant nursery is bursting with plants. If you are stuck at home, why not take the opportunity to give your garden some tender loving care? Most of our plants are grown here and we can advise on the best ones for you. If you are concerned about contact we are putting a click and collect service in place.

We look forward to meeting visitors old and new for 2020 and wish you the best of health.

Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and nursery is a wildlife friendly family garden close to York. Described as a quintessentially English garden, it is first and foremost a family garden, lovingly planted-up over 40 years by owners Vanessa and John Cook.

It is a fine example of how a relatively small space can be planted up to encourage wildlife whilst retaining all the beauty of a cottage garden. The four acre site comprises a series of themed areas surrounding the traditional farmhouse plus a pond, meadow, vegetable garden and a very well-stocked plant nursery.

You will see first-hand the many ways that the garden is managed organically, giving you inspiration to take home and turn your garden into a wildlife haven too.

We purposefully leave seed heads as food for birds and limit cutting back to provide habitat for insects and places for hedgehogs to hibernate.

After you have explored the garden, finish the day with a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the attractive Tea Room and enjoy the art exhibitions.

Our entire ethos is one of sustainability – not just in how we manage the garden, but also in the tea room and plant nursery.

Opening Times 2020

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We love sharing the garden with visitors, but please note our opening times are 1:00pm to 5:00pm on the days shown on the calendar.

You are welcome to picnic at the tables in the car park if you arrive early, but you will not be admitted to the garden or plant nursery until 1 O’clock.

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Find Us

By Car:

Stillingfleet Village lies 6 miles south of York on the B1222.   If approaching from Naburn, once in the village turn right opposite the church, following the signpost to “Lodge Nurseries”.

If approaching on the A19 south of York, once you have passed through Escrick, follow the brown signs and turn right and follow the road for approximately 2 miles, then turn right into Stillingfleet village immediately before the Cross Keys Pub.  Cross the bridge in the village and turn left following the signs for “Lodge Nurseries” opposite the church.

By Bus from York:

Arriva no 42, York to Selby bus – runs hourly – view the timetable here

422 runs from York to Sherburn in Elmet – view the timetable here
Bus route takes approximately 20 minutes and stops at Stillingfleet church (5 minutes walk to Garden).

By Bicycle:

Take Route 65, trans-Pennine trail towards Selby (access at the Millennium Bridge or The Knavesmire in York) and leave the route at Naburn, then take the B1222 into Stillingfleet and turn right opposite the Church. We have bike racks.

A Word from Vanessa.....

Welcome to Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Nursery, our family home since the 1970s. John and I moved here in 1974 with our young (and growing) family. Our aim was to be organic and self sufficient.

For 10 years we used land to produce our own meat and vegetables. As the children grew older we began to convert the garden into a plant nursery and later into the wildlife-friendly garden you see here today.

It is still very much the family home and you are likely to meet our dog, Flops and Donald the cat. Our children, grand children and great grand children still spend a lot of time enjoying the fruits of our labour of love.

You can read more of our story here

By visiting Stillingfleet garden I hope you will be inspired to garden for wildlife and to grow your own food.



Here's what you can expect.....


 “Worth a long journey to visit” – RHS Gardens.

“One of the best cottage gardens” – Gardens Illustrated.

“Inspired plant combination… a tranquil delight” – Daily Telegraph.

“At Stillingfleet Lodge nature and nurture combine to create a harmonious whole” – The Garden Magazine.