Visiting Cally Gardens

The Plant Centre is now open inside our normal times and well stocked with plants. We will limit numbers entering and we ask our customers to maintain social distancing.  Additional measures are in place to safeguard both staff and customers.  Please follow the guidance which is displayed.

Opening Times: Thursday to Sunday 10am – 5pm and by appointment at other times.

  • Stay 2 metres apart from other customers and staff members. Use Hand Sanitiser where provided. Browse individually where possible and no groups allowed.

  • Pay by contactless or card payment.

  • Apologies, our toilets are closed at this time.

Cally Gardens and Specialist Plant Centre

Cally Gardens and Specialist Plant Centre is a treasure trove of exotic and rare hardy plants gathered from around the globe. 

Rare and unusual plants can also be purchased from the nursery and expert advice is available from the acclaimed plantsman Kevin Hughes. 

The towering 18th century walls of what was once the kitchen and pleasure garden for Cally Palace, now provide shelter to 1000’s of rare and exotic plants. This garden is a must for any plant collector and the Specialist Plant Centre is bursting with rare and unique plants cultivated by the acclaimed plantsman Kevin Hughes. 

The informal garden, which was created by the famous plant collector Michael Wickenden, is now in the care of the plantsman and ecologist Kevin Hughes. Kevin took ownership of Cally in 2018 and is working hard to get the gardens back in shape and ensure that the 4,000 plus plant collection are a delight for all to enjoy. Since arriving Kevin has brought his own stunning collection of Magnolias, Daphnes and Trilliums and also has added more collections including Galanthus, Paeonies and a wonderful array of Nerines.

Also as an ecologist and environmentalist, Kevin has decided to make Cally a haven for birds, insects and all things wild. Cally is on its way to becoming a fully organic and low impact garden. Watch out for the orchard lawns that are now on their way to becoming flower meadows, and the paths that are being transformed into living walkways.