Challis Garden

New crocuses in the Challis Garden
To find Mary Challis’s Garden, go through the alley between Billson the opticians and the Shop For Your Community charity shop in Sawston High Street. See where we are on Google Maps.
The garden, tended by volunteers, is a peaceful haven with beautiful mature trees, winding secret paths, and a pond with viewing platform – as well as plenty of benches, and a summerhouse to take shelter in!

The Challis Garden is a traditional cottage garden full of flowers, shrubs and perennials: a fantastic display in the summer but the rest of the garden is meadow, woodland, a winter walk and a wild area at the bottom. Mary Challis‘s hen houses are no longer in use but we have three beehives, cared for by our beekeeper. The vine-house has been refurbished and there is a huge crop of tiny black grapes each year. All this has been created by volunteers.

Each year, we run a series of Saturday workshops for children, fund-raising events in May and July and a Horticultural Show in the autumn. The garden is also used by Sawston youth groups, schools and art groups.

Opening times

The garden is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to noon and Sunday 2pm to 4pm in summer and 1pm to 3pm in winter – the times change around when the clocks go forward and back.

To find out when the times change, see our noticeboard outside the house, check here, or see our Facebook page.

Getting here

To find us, go through the alley between Billson the opticians and the Shop For Your Community charity shop in Sawston High Street. See where we are on Google Maps.

Volunteering

Volunteers are always welcome. To find out what needs doing, have a chat with Ray Reeve on 834986.

A volunteer raking the grassThe Summer House was built in memory of Sue Reeve who played such a vital role along with her husband Ray in creating the beautiful Challis Garden.