Pascal Cribier garden, Newbury

Woolton House Garden is the only garden in the UK designed by the late Pascal Cribier whose designs were influenced by botanical & Mughal gardens.  The walled part of the garden at Woolton House was commissioned in 2004 and is designed to reflect the style of Mondrian paintings.  Cribier's best known work is the restoration of... Continue Reading →

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The Old Rectory, Bletchingly. An NGS gem.

  The Old Rectory, Bletchingly is the sort of NGS garden that everyone hopes to stumble across.  The property comprises a handsome honeyed stone Georgian house set amidst country meadows and it is hard to believe that the busy M23 and Gatwick airport are a mere stone's throw away. Approached via a narrow tree-lined lane,... Continue Reading →

The NGS Annual Lecture, October 2017

" The NGS is responsible for making garden visiting a national pastime" announced George Plumptre, executive director of The National Garden Scheme as he introduced the annual lecture at the Royal Geographical Society, London where a packed hall waited in anticipation of the evening's speakers.  In his introduction, Plumptre revealed that when the NGS first... Continue Reading →

Burford Festival Open Gardens, Burford, Oxfordshire

The wonderful biennial Burford festival is a feast for the senses and runs for a surprising 10 days, inncorporating amongst other things talks and lectures, music, literature, film and of course gardens.  Over the opening weekend of this year's festival, 25 private gardens were opened to the public, offering a glimpse through the garden gate... Continue Reading →

NGS festival weekend – two open gardens in Northamptonshire

The NGS celebrated their 90th birthday over the May bank holiday weekend and finding myself in Northamptonshire I was delighted to be able to visit two gardens open under the scheme.  The first, Jericho was a Jekyll inspired town garden in the centre of Oundle whilst in complete contrast, the expansive grounds of Titchmarsh House... Continue Reading →

Lowder Mill, Haslemere

Tucked away down a quiet single track lane, Lowder Mill lies against an ambient Surrey landscape of lush fields and rhododendron woods. With the now redundant millpond forming a backdrop against the pale brick wisteria clad house, water is the main feature of this garden, flowing abundantly along streams througout the garden whilst beside the millpond,... Continue Reading →

Chilworth Manor, Surrey

Lady Heald (1904-2004), huge supporter and former Chairman of the NGS and resident at Chilworth Manor for more than 40 years used to preside over her open garden days when the genteel Surrey manor opened its garden gates to the public. Happily, the new owners of this gorgeous slice of England are following suit and... Continue Reading →

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