Explore stunning grounds, discover unusual plants and learn the captivating story of Edward Augustus Bowles; one of Britain’s most influential and innovative gardeners of his era.
Bowles lived in 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 in his unique style and ethos.
Discover exotic plants in the restored range of glasshouses, visit the botanical residents of the famous ‘Lunatic Asylum’, and then then take a stroll through the heritage Kitchen Garden for a selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables. The gardens are also home to several National Collections, including colourful displays of Iris and Crocus.
Various historical artefacts can be found around the eight acres of gardens, from the old Enfield Market Cross to the two life-size lead ostriches that are nearly 300 years old. Plus, learn even more about Bowles and the history of the gardens in the museum.