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Kathy Brown's Garden

A colourful and textured garden crafted with devotion.

  • 4.7

  • from 179 Google reviews

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About the garden

Kathy Brown’s Manor House Gardens at Stevington, just north of Bedford provides a garden destination with a very personal touch. Designed and cared for by Kathy and her husband Simon, over the last 30 years, this is a modern country 4.5 acre garden. Blossoms and bulbs are a treat in spring with white tree peonies and later beds of intersectional peonies a special delight. The wisteria and laburnum arches in mid May are beautifully underplanted with a sea of alliums, spires of foxgloves and generous groups of poppies. Roses clothe the house walls from May to July with many others covering the pergolas and romping through the trees. By then the wild meadows are rich with pollinators supping the scabious, knapweeds etc. The late flowering clematis begin to take centre stage with dreamy naturalistic gardens combining dainty grasses and colourful echinacea. This is a special time with art gardens based on Monet, Rothko, Matisse, Hepworth and Hokusai. The main borders exude colour with a raft of dahlias. Through August and September the orchard becomes rich with plums, apples and pears. Elsewhere topiary scenes provide special interest and there are major container displays including succulents and mossy kokedamas. This is a wonderful destination for all afternoon tea lovers. Depending on the timing, Kathy’s cakes are flavoured with rose petals or elderflower or marigolds or lavender all growing in the surrounding flower borders. Tea is normally taken on the lawn, but if weather is windy or wet, then tea is served in her beautiful dining room and conservatory. A small shop offers Stevington Garden cards, and Kathy’s cake recipe cards, china mugs, and her gardening books including ‘Edible Flower’£7 and ‘Painting with Nature’, a fantastic guide regarding the Manor House Garden £5. Voted as the Regional Winner in the East among the Nation’s Favourite Top Gardens in a competition involving the National Garden Scheme and The English Garden Magazine.

Opening times

Spring and Summer Opening Times 10.30am-1pm and 2-4.30pm on the following days: Every Tuesday April 5th - September 27th Conditions of Entry Only people with pre-booked tickets can visit the garden. Please show or print out your order confirmation email as proof of ticket reservation. Please bring proof of your Gardeners World 2:1 pass Any tickets purchased in advance but not used on the proposed day will be valid for the rest of our spring/summer 2022 season. Please email Kathy ( to say of the postponement and then in due course the likely date of visit. It just helps with catering. You will have the QR code so we will still be able to book you in. Please note: Although we love dogs, we have two free range of our own and at this time have a policy of no visiting dogs, thank you for your understanding. Additionally, if we have dangerous thunderstorms or very high winds, we will close the garden. Check back on our website before travelling, if in doubt.

Useful details

Garden area

4.5 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages. We have a small Winnie the Pooh house for toddlers to enjoy.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Please bring the bikes to the front of the house and we will show you where you can lock them

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved)* - paths are mostly gravel or grass, not paved and about 10% are difficult with steps.


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Bedfordshire, MK43 7QB

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Find the garden

Kathy Brown's Garden
MK43 7QB
Public Transport
Nearest train station is Bedford.
A few buses come to Stevington - it’s a 5 mile journey from the station.
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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 179 Google reviews

Diane Martin

2 months ago


I went to Cathy's Garden early evening absolutely beautiful peaceful relaxing. Lovely atmosphere very friendly hosts. Beautiful grounds enjoyed a picnic in the garden with my friends. Included in the Friend's Evening was complementry Pimm's and Lemonade followed by Homemade Cake. Which was delicious. Thoroughly recomend this lovely Manor House and Garden.

Peter King

a month ago


Magnificent garden, entirely created by Kathy & Simon Brown. The site is divided into several themed rooms. Over 250 trees planted, to say nothing of flowers shrubs, fountains, etc... Kathy provides home-baked cakes for guests, complete with edible flowers...

Kay Joel

a month ago


Beautiful garden with some lovely borders. Really liked the grasses and there were some lovely quirky touches throughout. Good cakes as well.

Traci Evans (TMarie)

12 months ago


Lovely gardens, with different areas, with their own unique style. Kathy is very knowledgeable and informative of how the gardens developed and the history of the area. It's a delight to sit for a while with home made cake and pot of tea in the gardens on a sunny day!

Angela Blackburn

5 months ago


Beautiful garden that was bought to life with an informative and interesting tour by Kathy Brown. We could have easily stayed all day. The homemade cakes were a delight.

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01234 822 064

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