Ryton garden in November

Visit Ryton Gardens

Our inspirational organic demonstration garden at Ryton Gardens is a unique place to visit and learn how to cultivate your own thriving organic, sustainable growing space.

Ryton Gardens has been the charity's home since we moved here from Essex in the 1980s. Just under 1 acre in size, our organic demonstration garden is full of inspirational and achievable ideas to take home.

We welcome visitors on set open days and courses, details and booking can be found here.

About Ryton Gardens

The garden is split into a number of different areas; the main part of the garden is a large four-bed vegetable garden, surrounding a glasshouse. We also have a container garden, ornamental garden showing planting for different conditions (including full and partial sun) and several biodiversity-friendly ponds.

Visitors to Ryton Gardens will be able to see all the key organic methods in practice, including:

  • No dig gardening
  • Composting
  • Soil management
  • Wildlife gardening
  • Fruit and vegetable growing, including perennial veg
  • Seed saving

You'll also be able to have a peek into our shed!

Head Gardener Emma O'Neill, alongside her dedicated team and volunteers, has created a thriving and inspiring organic garden that continues to evolve throughout the seasons. Emma and her team are often on hand to help with any queries you have.

Booking a tour of Ryton Gardens

Garden visits are by pre-booked tours only - see details of our next tour and book your place online. Tours are led by one of our exports, and include plenty of time to ask your organic growing queries.

Throughout the year we also have a limited number of behind-the-scenes tours of our Heritage Seed Library, including the grow-out area, and our seed processing and storage facilities.

Tours are free for Garden Organic members and £7.50 for non-members.

No dogs except guide dogs. The garden is wheelchair accessible.

We also host workshops and courses in the garden, and welcome corporate bookings for volunteering days, photo shoots and meetings. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Our open days are available for Garden Organic members and non-members alike, with members enjoying from free entry.

Ryton Gardens is certified organic by the Soil Association and is home to the National Collection of Comfrey (Symphytum) and the National Collection of Vegetables.

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