I visited last year and the gardens are wonderful and the chocolate cake truly scrumptious.
Nestling in a fold of the Surrey Hills lies Ramster Gardens, over 20 acres of peaceful woodland with views of lakes and hillsides, filled with colour and interest. It is one of the original gardens open for the National Garden Scheme and has now been open to the public for 84 years. The local nursery, Gauntletts of Chiddingfold, also known as the Japanese Nursery, laid out the garden in 1890. They were famous for importing plants and garden ornaments from Japan, and their influence can be seen throughout the garden in the stone lanterns, the bamboo plantings, and the unique avenue of Japanese maples, (acer palmatum dissectum) now over 100 years old.
The garden boasts fine mature plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, and many rare and unusual trees and flowering shrubs. It has been in the same family for 90 years, and as well as being an important collection of plants, is a much-loved family garden, where three generations help with the maintenance.
In early Spring, the ancient magnolia trees and the towering bushes of camellias are a lovely sight, with drifts of daffodils and primroses underneath. In May the garden reaches its peak, with a spectacular display of rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom, and the scent from the carpet of bluebells fills the air. June brings delicate pink roses climbing through the larches, meadow grasses, wild flowers, and a mass of wild orchids which flourish and flower throughout the garden. The stepping-stones in the Bog Garden lead under the enormous leaves of the Gunnera plants, while a wander down the Woodland Walk by the lake is a chance to explore, and spot some of the local wild life.
Colours and Cakes - a picture that really shows the colours of the gardens - eg rhodedendrons, azaleas - try a close up with a wide aperture to throw the background out of focus, and a picture of a cake - as if it was an advert in a magazine! - so paying attention to framing and what is in the background.
£6.00 entrance fee or £5.50 if we have 10+ plus £1 meet up fee.