Wonderful NGS gardens in Surrey

With gardens re-opening across England in recent weeks I have wasted no time in searching out new places to visit and the month of June has been one of discovery. The front of Lower House, Bowlhead Green The National Gardens Scheme gives visitors unique access to private gardens across England and Wales and all monies... Continue Reading →

Gravetye Manor, Sussex

Gravetye Manor, on the Kent/Sussex border was built in 1598 and is a fine example of Elizabethan architecture.  It was bought in 1885 by William Robinson, an early advocate of the naturalistic planting style that has since been copied in gardens across the world.  During his time at Gravetye, Robinson created the sloping gardens to... Continue Reading →

Rockcliffe, Gloucestershire

A mellow Cotswold stone house sitting handsomely in surrounding parkland is most likely to be high on many people's list of 'dream house & garden' combinations. Situated near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, the garden at Rockcliffe is open only once or twice a year and is well worth a visit. The grassy steps leading up to... Continue Reading →

Wappenham NGS Open Gardens

If you happen to live in Northamptonshire or Oxfordshire you may possibly have heard of Wappenham, but I would like to bet that not many people know of this village's existence.  It's a tiny village - sadly no pub or shop but what it does have is a number of jolly nice gardens. We were... Continue Reading →

Cottesbrooke Gardens, Northamptonshire

  Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens are open on Wednesdays and Thursdays which is not much good if one works full time!  Luckily the gardens are also open under the National Gardens Scheme once a year and we were lucky enough to be in the area at the right time this year. The Queen Anne house... Continue Reading →

Wakehurst, Sussex

Wakehurst is a pleasingly placed botanic garden, situated only a few miles from Gatwick and easily accessible from the M23.  Visiting gardens in winter usually means fewer crowds but on this bright February day there were a huge number of families and visitors enjoying the space and freedom that Wakehurst provides. Owned by the National... Continue Reading →

Little Court, Crawley, Hampshire

Thousands of crocus tommasinianus are the main reason for a February garden visit to Little Court garden in the pretty village of Crawley near Winchester in Hampshire.  Owner Patricia Elkington has been opening in aid of  the National Garden Scheme since 1984 and this year she will be generously welcoming visitors from February to June.... Continue Reading →

Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

As a South East of England dweller, I'm accustomed to National Trust properties being over-run with visitors, car-parks bursting at the seams and having to wait for a table in a tea room. Not so in quieter parts of England, such as Northamptonshire. It came as something of a surprise to note that Canons Ashby... Continue Reading →

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