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John’s Garden

‘John’s Garden’ at Ashwood Nurseries is a wonderful three acre private garden created by nursery owner John Massey VMH. Informal borders, island beds, woodland dells and wildlife meadow are set against the beautiful backdrop of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. It is a ‘plantsman’s garden‘ that has an abundance of rare plants as well as many familiar favourites.

Looking towards the canal in late Spring

This is a garden for all seasons with magnificent collections of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and conifers adding to the interest all year round.

There are many fine features including a stunning pool and rock garden planted with choice alpines and miniature bulbs, a colourful lewisia wall, an Anemone pavonina meadow and a charming ruin garden.

A ‘hot’ border is home to an extensive collection of South African plants and there is a dramatic stump garden and a beautiful wildlife meadow*. Throughout the garden, urns and patio pots are imaginatively planted.

The garden has been featured on TV as well as in numerous articles in the national press and gardening magazines, and has been described by Carol Klein as ‘the most loved and looked after garden I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting’.

Essential information:

The garden’s tranquil canal-side setting

Opening Times: This is a private garden which is open for charity on selected dates from 10am-4pm (see upcoming dates in right column, click on these for more information).

Entrance: £5.00 per person (cash payments on the Open Days please). Entire entrance proceeds are donated to our Charity of the Year 2017.

* The Wildlife Meadow will open on Garden Open Days if  weather and ground conditions permit.

Group Visits can be arranged to John’s Garden. These are entirely at John’s discretion but he welcomes groups and organisations with a keen interest in gardening. Read more


The garden is a delight in spring with anemones, primroses, hepaticas, trilliums, erythroniums, narcissi, tulips and a host of other bulbs


In summer there are inspirational displays of herbaceous perennials, salvias, hydrangeas, clematis and grasses.


Autumn brings superb colour with carpets of cyclamen and colchicums, malus trees laden with crab apples and the fiery hues of liquidambar, euonymus and acers.


Outstanding winter interest is provided by hellebores, cyclamen, snowdrops, witch hazels and the coloured stems of dogwood and willow.