Pascal Cribier garden, Newbury, Berkshire

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, Surrey. 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 →

Vann, Hambledon, Surrey

  Beyond Guildford, at the outermost edges of leafy Surrey lie the winding narrow lanes that lead to Vann, a 16th Century house sitting comfortably within its 5 acres of garden which are opened regularly for the National Gardens Scheme. Dating back to the 16th Century, the expansive house has an Arts and Crafts flavour... 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 →

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 →

NGS spring gardens prove surprising

Many people might associate the NGS (National Gardens Scheme) with hazy summer days, overflowing borders and cream teas under a parasol on the lawn.  Not quite so, and the NGS, as well as raising millions of pounds for British care charities in fact promotes gardens open throughout the year. DAFFODILS AT DACHS, WEST SUSSEX With daffodils... Continue Reading →

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