Plant Shows 2021

Sunday 7th February Plant Fairs Roadshow at Hole Park  is CANCELLED

Sunday 18th April Plant Fairs Roadshow at Borde Hill

Sunday 25th April Plant Fairs Roadshow at Arundel Castle,

Sunday 21st May  Plant Fairs Roadshow at Myddelton House

Sunday 6th June Plant Fairs Roadshow, Sussex praries

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July Great Dixter Summer Plant Fair

Sunday 15th August Pilgrim’s Hospice Garden Festival at Mount Ephraim

Sunday 22nd August Plant Fairs Roadshow at Hole Park

Sunday 12th September Plant Fairs Roadshow at Borde Hill Garden

Sunday 19th September Plant Fairs Roadshow at Arundel Castle

Saturday 23rd October Alpine Garden Society Show at Hyde Hall


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 2021:

Saturday 13th February 12-4 pm
cancelled - snow

Saturday 20th February 12 - 4 pm

Sunday 21st February 12-4 pm

Sunday 28th February 12 - 4 pm

Sunday 14th March 12-5 pm

Sunday 28th March 12-5 pm

Sunday 4th April 12-5 pm

Sunday 11th April 12-5 pm

Sunday 2nd May 12-5 pm

Sunday 9th May 12-5 pm

Sunday 30th May 12-5 pm

Sunday 13th June 12-5 pm

Sunday 20th June 12-5 pm

Sunday 10th October 12-5 pm

The NGS are intending to open, but January has been cancelled. You buy tickets in advance for a specific time slot.

We are also open by appointment.

Homemade Teas will not now be available until restrictions lift.

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


We will open for snowdrops

in Februray.

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.