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 →

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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 →

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 →

Petersham Open Gardens

How many of us must have driven along the narrow road through Petersham, Surrey enroute to Richmond and admired the stately Georgian town houses and quaint cottages, wondering what lay behind them?  All was revealed on Sunday 22nd May when Petersham Village opened 12 of its private gardens to the public to raise funds for... Continue Reading →

Petworth house and garden, West Sussex

At the edge of the beautiful town of Petworth, Sussex lies the 17th-century mansion of Petworth House. Set in beautiful grounds landscaped by Capability Brown, this 700-acre deer park has been immortalised in Turner's paintings which are on display inside the house itself, along with works of art by Van Dyck, Reynolds, Titian and Blake.... Continue Reading →

Surrey gardens and tea in beautiful Shere

The glorious sunshine this Valentine's weekend saw so many visitors enjoying the delights our gardens have to offer.  My adventures took me around the Surrey Hills, starting off with a walk around the very busy and ever popular Polesden Lacey, surely the most visited National Trust property in the South of England.  New shoots are... Continue Reading →

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