Crawley, nr Winchester,
Opening dates and times:Fri 21, Sun 23, Mon 24 Feb (2-5); Sun 30 Mar (2-5.30); Fri 20, Sun 22, Tue 24 Feb 2015 (2-5)
Visitors also welcome by appt Feb to Sept
Admission:Adm £3 (Feb), £4 (Mar), chd free
This garden also opens as part of the Crawley Gardens group on Mon 21, Tue 22 Apr, Sun 11, Tue 13 May (2-5.30); Thur 12, Sun 15 June, Thur 10, Sun 13 July (2-6)
Admission:Combined adm £6, chd free
Description:A traditional walled country garden, spectacular in spring, with thousands of bulbs, hellebores and snowdrops, and cowslips in the labyrinth. Large beds of perennials in harmonious colours, good lawn. 3-acres incl paddock. Fun for children: tree house, several swings. The Garden is sheltered, has many seats and beautiful views. Field with butterflies. Classic kitchen garden
In a very pretty, small village of thatched cottages
Further details:This 3-acre garden appeals to all ages and dates from the 18th C or earlier. It leads to an unspoilt panoramic view to the South, Cheesefoot Head and Farley Mount over Hampshire downland with many butterflies from July [when it is sunny]. There are seven sections divided by old flint walls with many rustic seats throughout; from each there is a view to another part of the garden.
Near the house there are herbaceous beds and climbers,looking good from May onwards, with a large, immaculate lawn. The colours are harmonious, restrained and naturalistic. Under the ancient apple orchard, thousands of scented crocus tommasinianus have naturalised, giving an unforgettable spectacle in February, provided it is warm enough ! These are followed by white Narcissi 'White Lady', then snakes-head Fritillaries, with Tulip sprengerii in May. In the next section, in the small copse, with a succession of wild flowers in early spring, starting with a carpet of snowdrops.
This leads to the Tree House which has a glorious view. It has a proper staircase and a secret staircase. The garden is often described as a paradise for children, with various swings and good wild-life. Returning past the Roundel of cowslips, there are climbing roses and clematis and a traditional walled kitchen garden of vegetables and soft fruit.
Visitors, many of whom come regularly, love the tranquil atmosphere of the garden; there are birds, and bird song, plus our own small flock of bantams which roam freely through the garden.
This garden has been open for NGS since 1984 and is a favourite with artists and photographers. It has appeared in books and magazines. Plants seen growing in the garden are generally for sale. Please come for a private visit, you are welcome from February until the end of September in aid of the National Gardens Scheme charities