Garden tour and cream tea

What a truly wonderful afternoon spent in this stunning garden – right plant, right place and a rich and diverse planting with wildlife and expertise at its heart – a real plantswoman’s garden!JB, Teddington

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Dates for 2023

2.30pm Sunday 14 May
2.30pm Sunday 28 May
2.30pm Sunday 11 June SOLD OUT
2.30pm Saturday 1 July
2.30pm Sunday 17 September
Other dates by arrangement.

If you would like to book before May, or after September, for a particular occasion, Laura would be delighted to talk to you: 07776 448889.

The White Cottage Garden

The garden has been under development for around twenty years and Laura will be delighted to answer any questions you may have about it. You can enjoy a stroll along the paths and borders at your own leisure or along with Laura if you would like the complete tour.

What will you find at The White Cottage? The garden weaves its way into different areas. With a young orchard, a chicken run with three resident hens  (Gus, Gussandra, and Princess Emily 5th…don’t ask!), two areas of meadow, and a veggie plot. A ‘lockdown’ pond is now looking good, and there are several deep beds and borders around the garden to satisfy Laura’s passion for plants and experimentation. There is a winter garden, a long herbaceous border that peaks in June, and several other large borders. For a sneak preview of parts of the garden, follow Garden Inspiration on Instagram:

Cream tea

Home-baked by yours truly. For large groups, Mary who is a superb baker will come up trumps with the perfect scones. Whoever is cooking, you will be served a high-quality cream tea.

There are a variety of teas from which to choose. Cordial will also be provided. What’s not to love!

You will enjoy your tea outside if the weather is warm and fair, and inside if it is chilly or damp – depending on the time of year.

About Laura

Laura is a plants-woman, designer, gardening mentor, and, most importantly for this event, a cream tea aficionado!
I look forward to showing you around the garden and hope to give you a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.


£25 per person

Children under 2 years of age, FOC

Private bookings start at £80, price on application



The event is not weather dependent other than severe weather. If bad weather is likely Laura will contact you and transfer your booking to an alternative date.

In fine weather, teas are served in the garden. If the weather is less favourable (perish the thought), tea will be served in the large conservatory, which comfortably seats 8 people.

Remember to bring your brolly/ raincoat/ sun lotion/sunhat/ boots, and long trousers if you’re not keen on brushing against vegetation!

Further information

Details about where to meet and admin details will be supplied by email, upon booking. Any other queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Laura, who is happy to help.

A little bit about Outwood

Outwood is surrounded by beautiful National Trust land. We are lucky to have an iconic old post mill – pictured left.   There are three pubs in the village, ‘The Bell’, ‘The Dog and Duck’, and ‘The Castle’.  Outwood has a quality butcher’s shop ‘Outwood Butcher’ as well as Brightleigh Farm, with its superb animal husbandry methods.  Ceramic Fitch, a modern and excellent pottery offer classes and gorgeous pieces for sale, based at Brightleigh Farm on Saturdays and Sundays. Hookhouse Farm offers a unique wedding venue with its stunning 17th-century threshing barn and warm hospitality.

Outwood is a great place to both live, and to visit, with its friendly community and beautiful countryside.