Plant Shows 2020

Sunday 9th February Plant Fairs Roadshow at Hole Park  is CANCELLED

Saturday 29th February Alpine Garden Society, Harlow, Essex, Early Spring Show

Saturday 7th March Alpine Garden Society, Loughborough Show

Sunday 22nd March “Adventures with Bulbs” at Lenham Community Centre is POSTPONED to 25th October

Saturday 28th March Alpine Garden Society, Kent Spring Show at Sutton valence School, CANCELLED

Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th April Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair CANCELLED

Saturday 18th April Alpine Garden Society, Midland Show, CANCELLED

Sunday 19th April Plant Fairs Roadshow at Hall Place, CANCELLED

Sunday 26th April Plant Fairs Roadshow at Arundel Castle, CANCELLED

Saturday 2nd May Alpine Garden Society, East Anglia Show, Norfolk CANCELLED

Sunday 14th May Whitstable Garden Safari, 19 Joy Lane, Whitstable CT5 4LT CANCELLED

Saturday 16th May Plant Fairs Roadshow, Telegraph Hill Centre, SE14 5TY CANCELLED

Sunday 31st May  Plant Fairs Roadshow at Myddelton House CANCELLED

Sunday 7th June Plant Fairs Roadshow, Sussex praries CANCELLED

Sunday 21st  June Plant Fairs Roadshow at Hall Place, CANCELLED

Sunday 28th June Faversham Gardens Market, CANCELLED

Sunday 21st July Plant Fairs Roadshow at Chawton House

Sunday 2nd August Tonbridge School, CANCELLED

Sunday 23rd August Plant Fairs Roadshow at Hole Park

Sunday 6th September Sussex Praries, CANCELLED

Sunday 13th September Plant Fairs Roadshow at Borde Hill Garden

Sunday 20th September Plant Fairs Roadshow at Sissinghurst, CANCELLED

Saturday and Sunday 3rd and 4th October Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair

Saturday 24th October Alpine Garden Society, Kent Show, Sutton Valence School CANCELLED

Sunday 25th October “Adventures with Bulbs” at Lenham Community Centre, POSTPONED


The garden has developed since 1978 on 1.5 acres of former cherry orchard. It was a family task from the start with Tim and Mrs Nancy Ingram, his mother, taking a keen interest in ornamental planting and Jack Ingram planting fruit trees and avidly keeping the grass in tip top condition. In the beginning the garden was very open and hot, so trees were planted to create some shade. Now some of those trees are being removed to create more light. The garden has become less formal as time has gone by, with many island beds and interest focusing on plants which are Tim’s primary concern.

His first love was for alpines after visiting Joe Elliot’s nursery in the Cotswolds when he was young and he devotes time and space to growing these in special beds. Allied to love of alpines are the spring plants which take advantage of the early light and moisture. Snowdrops have great charm and diversity followed by Hellebores which continue for months, then a flood of woodland species like Anemones, Hepaticas and Trilliums. As summer approaches  his love for southern hemisphere plants, Umbellifers, and plants which thrive in hot summers by questing for their own source of water deep down becomes obvious.

A nursery ran on the site from 1987 to 2006. Plants are being grown again though at present in small numbers. We officially open in 2013.


A Plantsman’s Garden

National Garden Scheme

Open dates for 2020:

Sunday 26th January 12 - 4 pm

Sunday 16th February 12-4 pm

Sunday 15th March 12-5 pm

Sunday 12th April 12-5 pm

Saturday 9th May 12-5 pm

Saturday 23rd May 12-5 pm

Saturday 30th May 12-5 pm

The NGS are opening again. You buy tickets in advance for a specific time slot.

We are open by appointment.

Sunday 11th October 12-4 pm

Homemade Teas will not now be available

Note parking is off site, in laybys and on roadsides.


We will open for snowdrops

Saturday 13th February 12-4 pm

Sunday 21st February 12-4 pm

Tim has been a member of the Alpine Garden Society most of his gardening life and is an active member of our two local groups, the East Kent and the Mid Kent groups which are both keen to promote interest in alpine plants and welcome new members. The four Kent groups have a combined Facebook Group with news. Tim has keeps a diary on the Alpine Society website.

Tim is also a keen member of the local Kent Group of the Hardy Plant Society.

Copton Ash

was featured in ‘The English Garden Magazine’ in January 2017

In the RHS ‘The Garden’ in March 2018

and ‘Garden News’ in March 2020

Copton Ash

is a member of Plant Fairs Roadshow, a cooperative of small independant specialist nurseries organising plant fairs in the South East.

Sunday 11th October

We are open for the National Garden Scheme.

You will need to pay in advance directly to the National Garden Scheme