(Photo: David Lowe)
Explore stunning grounds, discover unusual plants and learn the captivating story of Edward Augustus Bowles, one of Britain’s most influential and innovative gardeners in his time.
Bowles lived at Myddelton House in Enfield from 1865 to 1954 and dedicated his life to transforming the gardens into a haven for weird and wonderful flora and architectural curiosities.
Following periods of neglect, the gardens have undergone extensive restoration and refurbishment. A two-year Heritage Lottery-funded project was completed in 2011. Now in its third decade, Bowles’ garden continues to be restored and maintained according to his unique style and ethos.
Explore exotic plants in the restored range of glasshouses, visit the unusual botanical residents of Bowles' famous ‘lunatic asylum’, and take a stroll through the heritage Kitchen Garden for a selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Look out for the wisteria which is over 100 years old and bursts with brilliant blue flowers each spring. The gardens are also home to several National Collections, including colourful displays of iris and crocus.
Various historical artefacts can be discovered around the eight acres of gardens, from the old Enfield Market Cross to two life-size lead ostriches that are nearly 300 years old.