Reveley Lodge was bequeathed to Bushey Museum in 2003 and subsequently managed by Bushey Museum Property Trust. The two acre garden mainly comprising lawns, a few flower beds and a vegetable garden was very neglected. The Chewett family the former owners liked the garden, but were not knowledgeable gardeners. No plant plans or details of plant lists have been found.
In some ways this was a pity, but gave the opportunity to start from a blank canvas.
Initially the idea was to recreate an Edwardian garden, but this was abandoned in 2005 with the appointment of head gardener Nicholas Boyes, a professionally trained Kew gardener.
With additional help from a part time assistant gardener and a small number of volunteers, the garden has been nurtured. The emphasis now, with ever evolving new planting, is to create a garden with year round interest. To fulfil this aim, since spring 2013 the garden has been open free of charge during weekdays throughout the year. In addition during the summer months, the garden opens on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Produce of vegetables and flowers grown in the vegetable garden are available for sale near the terrace steps. We have a set of hives for bees and honey from them is available for sale in the tearoom.
Primary school children are encouraged to visit the garden for picnics and to take part in seed sowing and other garden related activities.
Reveley Lodge opened for the National Gardens Scheme for the first time in 2013 when nearly 500 visitors enjoyed the garden and gave generously to the charity. The garden has been opened for the NGS every year since with even more attractions.
Photo Album shows Reveley in both summer and winter.