Hosts of Golden Daffodils

Some of the best displays of daffodils in England and Wales are to be found in private gardens that open for the charity, the National Gardens Scheme.

From Northumbria to Cornwall, gardens will be throwing open their gates to the public as these exotic harbingers of warmer weather put on their glorious spring displays.

Across England and Wales, NGS County Volunteers and garden owners alike, are expectantly awaiting the opening of those gardens which have displays of daffodils, a sure sign that Spring really is on its way.

Daffodils

“After the traumas of winter the daffodils are the most glorious indication the better weather is not far away. Most people love them and the daffodil gardens are extremely popular with garden visitors and a major source of income for us,” says Gayle Leader, NGS County Organiser for Surrey..

The National Gardens Scheme, which celebrates is 85th anniversary this year, organises the opening of almost 4000 private gardens in England and Wales.  Entrance money at the garden gates plus profits from the sale of cakes, cups of tea and plants enables the NGS give away each year more than £2.5 million to nursing and caring charities.

A full list of gardens opening very soon with daffodil displays can be found below.

 



Bedfordshire

Swiss Garden
This unique Swiss picturesque garden was created for Lord Ongley 3rd in early C19. Winding paths lead to contrived vistas with the thatched Swiss cottage providing the main focal point, plus beautiful ironwork, the grotto and fernery, ponds and additions made by the Shuttleworth family incl Pulhamite

Opening: Sun 22 Apr (9.30-5)

The Old Vicarage
A traditional 2 acre vicarage garden on sandy soil with box and laurel hedges, formal lawn, large magnolia grandiflora and numerous other mature shrubs and trees. More recent improvements include many colour co-ordinated herbaceous beds, a romantic cornfield meadow, an english rose garden, a pond, rockery, and small vegetable garden. A striking show of hellebores and daffodils in spring

Opening: Visitors & groups welcome by appt March to June

The Old Vicarage


Berkshire

Loddon Lower Farm
2-acre garden, partly walled. Some mature trees otherwise planted since 2006 with shrubs, roses and daffodils

Opening:

Sandleford Place
A plantswoman's 5 acres, more exuberant than manicured with R. Enborne flowing through. Various areas of shrub and herbaceous borders create a romantic, naturalistic effect. Wonderful old walled garden, potager and herb bed. Yr-round interest from early carpets of snowdrops, crocus-covered lawn and Spring daffodils, to Autumn berries and leaf colour

Opening: Groups welcome by appt

Sandleford Place

The Mill House
Large mature garden surrounding grade II listed Mill House with R Lambourn running through. Herbaceous borders, rose garden, espalier fruit trees, lawns and vegetables. Good spring colour with daffodils, tulips and alliums. Riverside walk overlooking water meadows

Opening: Wed 25 Apr (11-4)

The Mill House


Buckinghamshire

Ascott
Combining Victorian formality with early C20 natural style and recent plantings to lead it into the C21, with a recently completed garden designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz who designed the gardens at Alnwick Castle, and also a Richard Long Sculpture. Terraced lawns with specimen and ornamental trees, panoramic views to the Chilterns. Naturalised bulbs, mirror-image herbaceous borders, impressive topiary incl box and yew sundial

Opening: For NGS: Mons 7 May, 27 Aug (2-6)

Ascott

Chesham Bois House
A 3 acre plantswoman’s garden with primroses, daffodils and hellebores in early spring. Interesting for most of the yr with lovely herbaceous borders, rill with small ornamental canal, walled garden, old orchard with wildlife pond, handsome trees some of which are toparied. It is a peaceful oasis

Opening: Suns 25 Mar, 6 May, 8 July (2-5.30). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Chesham Bois House

Manor House
4-acre garden. Lawns sweep down to 2 ornamental lakes each with small island, fine views towards Chilterns. Evolving mix of plantings for sun and shade, moist and dry. Large variety of daffodills and flowering shrubs.

Opening:


Cambridgeshire

Docwra's Manor
2½ acres of choice plants in series of enclosed gardens. Tulips and Judas trees. Opened for NGS for more than 40yrs. Gravel paths

Opening: For NGS: Sun 6 May (2-5)

Docwra's Manor

Kirtling Tower
Kirtling Tower has moat on 3 sides. The garden of 5 acres was created 10yrs ago. Main features are spring garden (planted with 100,000 bulbs of daffodils, narcissus and camassias), secret, walled and cutting gardens. Original Tudor walk. 24,000 bulbs of muscari and chionodoxa planted along 150 metres church walk.

Opening: Suns 25 Mar; 1 Apr (11-4)

Kirtling Tower

Netherhall Manor
'An elegant garden touched with antiquity' Good Gardens Guide. This is an unusual garden which will appeal to those with an historical interest in the individual collections of genera and plant groups: April – Old primroses, daffodils and Victorian double flowered hyacinths. May – Old English tulips. Aug – Victorian pelargonium, heliotrope, calceolaria and dahlias. Author of Margery Fish's Country Gardening & Mary McNurtrie's Country Garden Flowers

Opening: Suns 8 Apr; 6 May; 5, 12 Aug (2-5)

Netherhall Manor


Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire

Norchard
Historic gardens at medieval private residence. Nestled in tranquil and sheltered location with ancient oak woodland backdrop. Strong structure with formal and informal areas incl early walled gardens with Elizabethan parterre and potager (currently undergoing restoration). 1½ acre orchard with old (many local) apple varieties. Extensive collections of roses, daffodils and tulips

Opening: Suns 29 Apr, 17 June (1-5)

Norchard


Cheshire & Wirral

9 Bourne Street
Started in 1924 on the site of an existing orchard, this unusual garden has evolved over three generations of one family. With winding paths leading into different and secret areas, featuring rhododendrons, azaleas and mature trees. Small glass house with water feature and carnivorous plants. Childrens trail

Opening: Sat 19, Sun 20 May (11-5)

9 Bourne Street

Rode Hall
Nesfield’s terrace and rose garden with view over Humphry Repton’s landscape is a feature of Rode gardens, as is the woodland garden with terraced rock garden and grotto. Other attractions incl the walk to the lake, restored ice house, working walled kitchen garden and new Italian garden. Fine display of snowdrops in February

Opening:

Rode Hall

Saighton Grange
6½ acres of garden designed by Inigo Triggs for the 2nd Duke of Westminster, in 1901. Redesigned for the 4th Duchess during the 1960’s by Russell, of Castle Howard fame. Now undergoing third development. Present emphasis on a spring garden with magnolias, daffodils and bluebell woodland walk, but development continues to introduce later flowering plants to extend the season

Opening: Sun 15 Apr (1-4). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Saighton Grange


Cornwall

The Homestead
3 acres. Mature trees and shrubs. Pond, water features, paths, archways, seating, pergolas, sculptures. S-facing border inspired by the planting pioneered by Piet Oudolf. Poultry, orchard, deciduous woodland, vegetable garden. Apr-May: rhododendrons, camellias, cherries, primroses, daffodils. June: roses, clematis. July-Sept: mixed beds, perennials, grasses, hot and shady areas

Opening: Visitors welcome by appt Mons only, 16 Apr-10 Sept incl, max 20

Cumbria

Acorn Bank
Sheltered and tranquil walled gardens contain a herb garden with more than 250 medicinal and culinary plants. Traditional apple orchards and mixed borders. Beyond the walls lie woodland walks with a wonderful display of snowdrops, daffodils and wild flowers in spring. Dogs welcome on leads on woodland walks

Opening: For NGS: Suns 1 Apr; 27 May; 1 July (10-5)

Acorn Bank

Dalston Street Cemetery
A delightful, well established spring bulb walk of approx ½m, set in a national award winning Victorian Cemetery (opened 1855), planted with 72,000 daffodils, swathes of crocuses, snowdrops etc. A thriving wildlife community incl red squirrels, nesting herons, owls etc living amongst mature trees and shrubs.

Opening: For NGS: Sun 1 Apr (11-4)

Dora's Field
Named for Dora, the daughter of the poet William Wordsworth. Wordsworth planned to build a house for Dora on the land but, after her early death, he planted the area with daffodils in her memory. Now known as Dora’s field the area is renowned for its spring display of daffodils

Opening: Sun 1 Apr (11-4)

High Moss
Lakeland Arts and Craft house (not open) and garden currently being restored under supervision of Tom Attwood, returned to the Scheme in 2010 after many years' absence. 4½ acres of formal and informal S-facing terraced gardens, lawns and paddocks with magnificent views of the fells. Many fine trees, rhododendrons and azaleas. The former clay tennis court is being converted into a vegetable parterre. Herbaceous borders are being restocked

Opening: Suns 1 Apr; 3 June (2-5.30). Evening Opening £5, chd free, wine, Sat 25 Aug (6-8). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Holker Hall Gardens
25 acres of romantic gardens, with peaceful arboretum, inspirational formal gardens, flowering meadow and Labyrinth. Spring sees thousands of bulbs and flowers. Summer brings voluptuous mixed borders and bedding. Discover unusually large rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas, and the National Collection of Stryracaceae. New for 2012. Discover our new project in the gardens - The Great Impression

Opening: For NGS: Sun 1 Apr, Fri 31 Aug (10.30-5.30)

Holker Hall Gardens

Lowther Castle & Gardens
A C17, 130 acre garden lost until now under decades of commercial conifer plantings; remnants of follies and temples, flights of grand stone steps and stone-built features transformed through years of mossy growth. At its heart, the magnificent ruined castle must surely be one of the finest wrecks in Britain

Rydal Hall
Formal Italianate gardens designed by Thomas Mawson in 1911 set in 34 acres. The gardens have recently been restored over a 2yr period returning to their former glory. Informal woodland garden, leading to C17 viewing station/summerhouse, fine herbaceous planting, community vegetable garden, orchard and apiary

Opening: For NGS: Sun 1 Apr; Thurs 5, 19 July; 2 Aug (11-4)

Summerdale House
1½-acre part-walled country garden set around 18c former vicarage. Several defined areas have been created by hedges, each with its own theme and linked by intricate cobbled pathways. Beautiful setting with fine views across to Farleton Fell. Traditional herbaceous borders, ponds, woodland and meadow planting provide year round interest. Large collections of auricula, primulas and snowdrops

Opening: Suns 19, 26 Feb, 1, 8 Apr, 6 May, 3 June; 1 July, 5 Aug, 2 Sept (11-5); Every Fri 6 Apr to 31 Aug (except 8 June) (11-5). 2013 17, 24 Feb. Groups also welcome by appt

Summerdale House


Derbyshire

Dove Cottage
Celebrating 25 years opening for National Gardens Scheme. Much admired ¾-acre cottage garden by the River Dove, with fine collections of, new and traditional hardy plants and shrubs: notably astrantias, alchemillas, alliums, berberis, geraniums, euphorbias, hostas, variegated and silver foliage plants. This plantsman's garden is noted for the number of separate areas, incl a ribbon border of purple flowering plants and foliage, woodland glade planted with daffodils and shade loving plants. Fresh plantings incl herbaceous introductions from 2011 RHS shows

Opening: Sat 26, Suns 27 May, 24 June (11-4). Visitors also welcome by appt

Dove Cottage


Devon

1 Feebers Cottage
Mature but evolving cottage garden of 1 acre, with a maze of pathways, alpine area, herbaceous plants, trees, shrubs and vegetable garden. Many varieties of snowdrops in spring, in autumn colchicums and cyclamen

Opening:

Arlington Court
Rolling parkland and woods with lake. Rhododendrons and azaleas; fine specimen trees; small terraced Victorian garden with herbaceous borders and conservatory. Walled garden nearly restored, produce for sale. Regency house containing fascinating collections. Carriage Museum in the stables, carriage rides on some days

Opening: For NGS: Sun 27 May (2-5)

Arlington Court

Hartland Abbey
Much in this enchanting valley had been lost since 1914 but since 1996, ongoing family restoration has resulted in beautiful plants flowering again, bog garden and fernery discovered, paths reopened and gazebo and summerhouse rebuilt. Fascinating house, woodland and C18 walled gardens. Stunning wild flowers. Peacocks, black sheep, donkeys

Opening:

Hartland Abbey

Heathercombe
Tranquil valley with tumbling streams and quiet ponds, setting for 30 acres of spring and summer interest - daffodils, extensive bluebells complementing large displays of rhododendrons, lovely cottage gardens, interesting herbaceous planting, woodland walks, many specimen trees, bog and fern gardens, orchard and wild flower meadow. Fine sculptures, seats and mainly level sandy paths

Opening: Suns 1 Apr; 13, 20 May; Sat 26, Sun 27 May; Suns 3, 24 June; 1 July (1.30-5.30). Visitors also welcome by appt, incl groups

Heathercombe

Lee Ford
Extensive, formal and woodland garden, largely developed in 1950s, but recently much extended with mass displays of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, incl many rare varieties. Traditional walled garden filled with fruit and vegetables, herb garden, bog garden, rose garden, hydrangea collection, greenhouses. Ornamental conservatory with collection of pot plants and Adam pavilion

Opening: Visitors welcome by appt for pre-booked groups Mon to Thur (10-4), April to Sept and other times by special arrangement

Lee Ford

Marwood Hill
20 acres with 3 small lakes. Extensive collection of camellias under glass and in open; daffodils, rhododendrons, rare flowering shrubs, rock and alpine scree; waterside planting; bog garden; many clematis; Australian native plants and many eucalyptus. National Collections of Astilbe, Iris ensata, Tulbaghia

Opening: For NGS: Sat 12 May, Sat 11 Aug (10-5)

Sherwood
15 acres, 2 steep wooded valleys. Wild flowers, spring bulbs, especially daffodils; extensive collections of magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, berberis, heathers, maples, cotoneasters, buddleias, hydrangeas, cornus epimedium. National Collections of Magnolias, Knaphill azaleas and berberis

Opening: Sun 11 Mar, Sun 8 Apr, Sun 13 May, Sun 14 Oct, Sun 11 Nov (11-5)

Sherwood

Withleigh Farm
Peaceful undisturbed rural setting with valley garden, 28yrs in making; stream, pond and waterside plantings; bluebell walk under canopy of mature oak and beech; wild flower meadow, primroses and daffodils in spring: wild orchids in June. Dogs on leads please

Opening: Visitors welcome by appt incl groups


Dorset

Ivy House Garden
Unusual and challenging ½-acre plantsman's garden set on steep hillside, with fine views. Themed areas and mixed borders, wildlife ponds, propagating garden, Mediterranean garden, greenhouses and polytunnel, chickens and bees, nearby allotment. Daffodils, tulips, violets and hellebores in quantity for spring openings. Come prepared for steep terrain and a warm welcome

Opening: Sun 25 Mar; Mons 9 Apr; 7 May (2-5). Groups of 12+ also welcome by appt until beginning of June

Ivy House Garden

Snape Cottage Plantsman's Garden
Mature country garden containing exceptional collection of hardy plants and bulbs, artistically arranged in informal cottage garden style, organically managed and clearly labelled. Specialities incl snowdrops, hellebores, 'old' daffodils, pulmonarias, auriculas, herbs, irises and geraniums. Wildlife pond, beautiful views, tranquil atmosphere. The home of Snape Stakes plant supports

Opening: For NGS: Sat 24, Sun 25 Mar, Sat 28, Sun 29 Apr, Sat 26, Sun 27 May, Sat 23, Sun 24 June, Sat 28, Sun 29 July, Sat 25, Sun 26 Aug (2-5)

Snape Cottage Plantsman's Garden


Essex

Blake Hall
25 acres of mature gardens, arboretum with broad variety of specimen trees, spectacular rambling roses. Traditional formal rose garden and herbaceous border. Tremendous display of spring flowering bulbs – particularly daffodils. See website

Opening: Sun 15 Apr (11-4). Afternoon & Evening Opening £4, chd free, wine, Wed 27 June (3-8)

Blake Hall

Feeringbury Manor
270 metres lengths of flower-bed ensures that there is always plenty to see in this 10 acre garden. Early tulips lead on to a huge number of herbaceous and shrubby plants culminating in a purple explosion of different michaelmas daisies in Sept. A small arboretum is planted with rare trees collected on Japanese expedition with Kew Gardens. Sculpture by Ben Coode-Adams. New partner garden of RHS

Opening: Every Thur & Fri 5 Apr to 27 July; 6 Sept to 28 Sept (9-4). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Wood View
Contemporary plantsmans garden containing unusual species. Pergolas and terraces create seating areas in this haven for wildlife. In spring, bulbs and primroses. Summer has herbaceous perennials and shrubs. Display of dahlias and grape covered walkway for autumn. 2 allotments nearby where refreshments, car parking and WC are available

Opening: Suns 25 Mar; 8, 29 Apr; 27 May; Sat 28, Sun 29 July (1-5); Evening Opening £5, chd £2, incl mulled wine and mince pies, Sat 1 Dec (4-7). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Wood View

Woodpeckers
Hedges divide and add structure to exuberant planting in this 1½-acre country garden. Spring brings blossom in the orchard, wild flowers and drifts of bulbs, later there’s summer abundance in the kitchen garden and wide densely-planted borders. September’s stronger colours and nectar-rich varieties encourage foraging bees and clouds of butterflies

Opening: Sat 21, Tues 24 Ap; 1 May; 18, 25 Sept (11-5). Groups also welcome by appt, 10+, home-made lunches or teas by arrangement

Woodpeckers


Gloucestershire

Home Farm
Set in elevated position with exceptional views. 1m walk through woods and fields to show carpets of spring flowers. Enclosed garden with fern border, sundial and heather bed. White and mixed shrub borders. Stout footwear advisable in winter

Opening: Suns 29 Jan, 12 Feb, 11 Mar, 15, 29 Apr (2-5); Suns 27 Jan, 10 Feb 2013. Visitors also welcome by appt

Home Farm

Lydney Park Spring Garden
Spring garden in 8-acre woodland valley with lakes, profusion of rhododendrons, azaleas and other flowering shrubs. Formal garden; magnolias and daffodils (April). Picnics in deer park which has fine trees. Important Roman Temple site and museum

Opening: For NGS: Wed 18 Apr (11-5)

Lydney Park Spring Garden

Schofields
Tranquil 5 acres developed from 1970s providing: 2½-acre spring woodland garden; plantsman's ¾-acres mature trees and shrubs, bulb, herbaceous and hot borders, autumn colour, berries, lavender walk, knot garden, lily ponds; adjacent 1000sq.m exotic glasshouse garden planted with palms, tender and fruiting trees, shrubs, bulbs, climbers and succulents

Opening: Visitors welcome by appointment 1 May - 16 Sept, Sun to Fri - daytime/evening, for Groups 10+

Schofields

South Lodge
Peaceful country garden in 2 acres with stunning views of surrounding countryside. High walls provide a backdrop for rambling roses, clematis, and honeysuckles. An organic garden with a large variety of perennials, annuals, grasses, shrubs and specimen trees with yr-round colour. Fernery, vegetable garden, wildlife and formal ponds. Rustic pergola planted with English climbing roses and willow arbour amongst wildflowers

Opening: Suns 1 Apr; 6, 27 May; 10 June (1-5). Groups welcome by appt May & June only

South Lodge

Valley View
Hillside garden (steep in places) of approx ½-acre with panoramic views over the Severn Valley towards Gloucester. Comprising densely planted mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, fruit trees, fernery, wildlife pond with waterfall, vegetable and soft fruit plot with raised beds, terraced area with alpines and small wild patch

Opening: Sat 23, Sun 24 June (11-5). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Valley View


Gwynedd

Llyn Rhaeadr
Hillside garden blending natural wildlife areas with garden plants, shrubs, vegetables and fruit. Small lake with 20 species of waterfowl with ducklings in spring and summer. Fish pond, waterfalls, woodland, rockeries, lawns, borders, snowdrops, daffodils, heathers, bluebells, ferns, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, wild flowers, views of Tremadog Bay, Lleyn Peninsula. Good paths and seating

Opening: Sat, Sun, Mon 7, 8, 9 Apr; Sun, Mon 6, 7 May; Sat, Sun, Tue 3, 4, 5 June; Suns, Mons 5, 6, 26, 27 Aug; Sun, Mon 2, 3 Sept (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt

Llyn Rhaeadr

Penrhyn Castle
Large grounds incl Victorian walled garden; fine trees, shrubs, wild garden, good views, snowdrop walks

Opening: For NGS: Sat 11 Feb, Sat 16 Feb 2013 (11-3)

Penrhyn Castle


Hampshire

Apple Court
1½-acre formally designed and exuberantly planted sheltered walled garden. Theatrical white garden, extensive ornamental grass plantings, subtropical borders. 70 metre hosta walk. International display gardens of day lilies, fern walk, Japanese-style garden with koi pond

Opening: For NGS: Fri 6, Sat 7, Sun 8, Mon 9 Apr (10-5)

Apple Court

Aviemore 
Richly planted, inspiring small garden for both keen enthusiast and plant connoisseur. Every plant must perform within this changing seasonal symphony of shrubs, perennials, climbers and grasses. Sawn oak bridges over pretty stream. Old alpine troughs and quirky artefacts supplement colour, texture and structure in this uniquely personal composition

Opening: Wed 30 May (1.30-5); Sun 22 July (2-5)

Aviemore

Bramdean House
Beautiful 5-acre garden famous for its mirror-image herbaceous borders. Carpets of spring bulbs especially snowdrops. A large and unusual collection of plants and shrubs giving yr-round interest incl over 40 varieties of sweet pea. 1-acre walled garden featuring prize-winning vegetables, fruit and flowers. Small arboretum

Opening: For NGS: Suns 19 Feb; 18 Mar (2-4); Suns 15 Apr; 17 June; 15 July (2-5). Sun 9 Sept (2-4); Sun 17 Feb 2013

Bramdean House

Durmast House
Designed by Gertrude Jekyll, Durmast has contrasting hot and cool colour borders, formal rose garden edged with lavender and a long herbaceous border. Many old trees, Victorian rockery and orchard, in spring full of daffodils, crocus, erythroniums and fritillaria. Planting of rare azaleas: Fama, Princeps and Gloria Mundi sourced from Ghent

Opening: Suns 8 Apr; 1 July (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
Created by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920s, the gardens are a stunning vision of his inspiration offering 200 acres of natural beauty and horticultural variety. Woodland garden with world-famous displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias. Rock garden, exotic garden, herbaceous gardens, ponds, cascades, river walk and seasonal trails. Superb autumn colour, incl National Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum

Opening:

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

The Island
6 acres either side of the River Test. Fine display of daffodils and spring-flowering trees. Main garden has herbaceous and annual borders, fruit trees, rose pergola, lavender walk and extensive lawns. An arboretum planted in the 1930s by Sir Harold Hillier contains trees and shrubs providing interest throughout the year

Opening: Suns, Mons 8, 9 Apr; 26, 27 Aug; Sat 13, Sun 14 Oct (2-5.30). Visitors also welcome by appt, max 50 (1 coach)

The Island


Herefordshire

Ivy Croft
Garden created since 1997 surrounds C17 cottage (not open) in 4 acres of rich grassland. Plant lovers' garden designed for all-yr interest. Raised beds, mixed borders, trees, alpines, troughs, formal vegetable garden framed by trained fruit trees; collections of ferns, willows and snowdrops

Opening: For NGS: Suns 15 Apr; 20 May; 24 June; 9 Sept (2-5.30); 2013 1 to 28 Feb by appt only. Visitors also welcome by appt, 1 to 29 Feb only

Ivy Croft

The Old Corn Mill
Surrounding the award winning converted C18 Mill (not open), this valley garden has been designed to merge into the surrounding fields. Massed banks and borders provide colour all yr while streams, ponds, meadows and native trees support a variety of wildlife. Wild daffodils, common spotted orchids and primulas are spring highlights

Opening: Suns 18, 25 Mar, Fri 6, Mon 9 Apr; Mons 7 May; 4 June; Sun 9 Sept (11-5). Visitors also welcome by appt

The Old Corn Mill


Hertfordshire

Hatfield House West Garden
Visitors can enjoy the spring bulbs in the lime walk, sundial garden and view the famous Old Palace garden, childhood home of Queen Elizabeth 1. The adjoining woodland garden is at its best in spring with masses of naturalised daffodils and bluebells

Opening: For NGS: Sat 31 Mar (11-5)

Hatfield House West Garden

Knebworth House Gardens
Knebworth’s magnificent gardens were laid out by Lutyens in 1910. Lutyens’ pollarded lime avenues, Gertrude Jekyll’s herb garden, the restored maze, yew hedges, roses and herbaceous borders are key features of the formal gardens with peaceful woodland walks beyond. Gold garden, green garden, brick garden and walled kitchen garden

Opening:

Knebworth House Gardens

 

St Paul's Walden Bury
Open for NGS since 1927, the 85th anniversary! Spectacular formal woodland garden, Grade 1 listed, laid out 1720. Long rides lined with clipped beech hedges lead to temples, statues, lake and a green terraced theatre. Seasonal displays of snowdrops, daffodils, cowslips, irises, magnolias, rhododendrons, lilies. Wild flowers are encouraged. Birthplace and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Though ephemeral plantings grow and decline the architecture of the garden remains unchanged

Opening: For NGS: Suns 22 Apr; 13 May; 17 June (2-7)

St Paul's Walden Bury


Kent

115 Hadlow Road
Almost ½-acre unusual terraced garden with large collection of modern roses, island herbaceous border, many clematis, hardy fuchsias, heathers, grasses, hostas, phormiums, and ferns, shrub borders, alpines, annuals, kitchen garden and pond; well labelled

Opening: Suns 24 June; 29 July; 26 Aug (2-6). Visitors also welcome by appt

Godinton House & Gardens
13 acres complement the magnificent Jacobean house. Terraced lawns lead through herbaceous borders, rose garden and formal lily pond to intimate Italian Garden and large walled garden with delphiniums, potager, cut flowers and iris border. March/April the Wild Garden is a mass of daffodils, fritillaries, other spring flowers

Opening: For NGS: Suns 25 Mar; 1 Apr (2-5.30); Fri 22 June (11-8)

Godinton House & Gardens

Godmersham Park
24 acres restored wilderness and formal gardens set around C18 mansion (not open). Topiary, rose garden, herbaceous borders and recently renovated walled kitchen garden. Superb daffodils in spring and roses in June. Historical association with Jane Austen. Also visit the Heritage Centre

Opening: Suns 1 Apr; 17 June (1-5). Visitors also welcome by appt

Godmersham Park

Hole Park
Hole Park is proud to stand amongst the group of gardens which opened in 1927, the first year of the NGS, and who are still opening. 1927 was the first year that the garden had opened to the public so Hole Park has grown with the NGS and seen many changes over the intervening period. We and our visitors cherish a Cedar of Lebanon on the East Lawn commemorating those small beginnings of what is now an accepted part of the British summer season. 15-acre garden surrounded by parkland with beautiful views, yew hedges, large lawns and specimen trees. Walled gardens, pools and mixed borders combine with bulbs, rhododendrons and azaleas. Massed bluebells in woodland walk, standard wisterias, orchids in flower meadow and glorious autumn colours make this a garden for all seasons

Opening: For NGS: Wed 18 Apr; Sun 20 May; Wed 20 June; Sun 7 Oct (11-6)

Hole Park

Mere House
6-acre garden with C18 lake. Snowdrops, daffodils, lawns, herbaceous borders, ornamental shrubs and trees with foliage contrast and striking autumn colour. Woodland walk and major tree planting and landscaping. Park and lake walks

Opening: Suns 19, 26 Feb; 25 Mar; Mon 9 Apr; Sun 21 Oct (2-5). Sun 17 Feb 2013

Mount Ephraim
Herbaceous border; topiary; daffodils and rhododendrons; rose terraces leading to small lake. Rock garden with pools; water garden; young arboretum. Rose garden with arches and pergola planted to celebrate the Millennium. Magnificent trees. Grass maze. Superb views over fruit farms to Swale estuary

Opening: For NGS: Sun 22 Apr, Sun 30 Sept (11-5)

Mount Ephraim

Parsonage Oasts
¾-acre riverside garden with walls, shrubs, daffodils, spectacular magnolia

Opening: Mon 9 Apr, Sun 29 Apr (2-5.30). Visitors also welcome by appt

Parsonage Oasts

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
Beautiful hillside garden, privately owned by the Rogers family since 1840, with extensive views across the Weald of Kent. Spectacular rhododendrons, azaleas and fine specimen trees. Bluebell and natural woodland walks. Children’s adventure playground, den-building trail, hedge maze and ‘Yeti Spotting’

Opening: For NGS: Weds 25 Apr; 23 May (10.30-5)

Stonewall Park
Romantic woodland garden in historic setting featuring species rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas, a range of interesting trees and shrubs, wandering paths and lakes. Historic parkland with cricket ground, Victorian walled garden with herbaceous borders and vegetable garden backed by 100 yr-old espalier pear trees. Sea of wild daffodils in March

Opening: Suns 25 Mar; 6 May (1.30-5). Visitors also welcome by appt

Torry Hill
8 acres; large lawns, specimen trees, flowering cherries, rhododendrons, azaleas and naturalised daffodils; walled gardens with lawns, shrubs, herbaceous borders, rose garden incl shrub roses, wild flower areas and vegetables. Extensive views to Medway and Thames estuaries

Opening: Suns 29 Apr; 17 June; 15 July (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt Apr to Sept, max 30


Leicestershire & Rutland

Copper Coin
Small S-facing garden in centre of village. Developed on heavy clay, the garden contains trees and shrubs together with mixed borders and centre beds. Small water feature and several seating areas. Winter aconites and snowdrops give way to daffodils, tulips, bluebells and erythroniums

Opening: Sun 25 Mar (11-4)

Long Close
5 acres spring bulbs, rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, magnolias, many rare shrubs, mature trees, lily ponds; terraced lawns, herbaceous borders, potager in walled kitchen garden, penstemon collection, wild flower meadow walk. Winter, spring, summer and autumn colour, a garden for all seasons. Plants for sale

Opening: Suns 20 May, 17 June (2-5). Groups also welcome by appt only

Long Close


Lincolnshire

Belton House
The 35-acre gardens at Belton House are a yr-round inspiration. Formal gardens with orangery by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville, iconic fountain and timeless topiary lead on to informal woodland areas, lakeside and boathouse

Opening: For NGS: Sats 12 May, 28 July, 22 Sept (10.30-5.30)

Belton House

Doddington Hall Gardens
5 acres of romantic walled and wild gardens. Naturalised spring bulbs and scented shrubs from Feb to May. Spectacular iris display late May/early June in box-edged parterres of West Garden. Sumptuous herbaceous borders throughout summer; ancient chestnut trees; turf maze; Temple of the Winds. Fully productive, walled kitchen garden

Opening: For NGS: Wed 21 Mar (11-4); Wed 23 May (11-5); Wed 20 Mar 2013 (11-4)

Doddington Hall Gardens

Easton Walled Gardens
12 acres of 400 yr old forgotten gardens undergoing extensive renovation. Set in parkland with dramatic views. C16 garden with Victorian embellishments. Italianate terraces; yew tunnel; snowdrops and cut flower garden. David Austin roses, meadows and sweet pea collections. Cottage and vegetable gardens. Please wear sensible shoes suitable for country walking

Opening: For NGS: Fri 6 Apr (11-4)

Easton Walled Gardens

Rauceby Hall
A large open garden with lake and surrounding parkland. Carpet of daffodils leading to woodland walk. One of the first gardens to open for The National Gardens Scheme in 1927

Opening: Sun 15 Apr (2-4)


London

58A Teignmouth Road
Front and back gardens recently created by plant fiend with eclectic schemes including colour co-ordinated beds, pergola with climbing roses and clematis, 2 ponds, water features and lawn replaced by grasses with prairie-style planting. Rainwater harvesting with integral watering system and organic treatment means a home for many creatures and a wildlife hotel for frogs and bees

Opening: Suns 20 May; 24 June (3-7). Visitors also welcome by appt

58A Teignmouth Road

84 Lavender Grove
Courtyard garden with backdrop of bamboos and palms, foil to clipped shrubs leading to wilder area mingling roses, lilies, alliums, grasses and a rather large phormium. Tulips and daffodils jostle for attention in the spring

Opening: Suns 15 Apr; 13 May (2-5)

Olden Garden Community Project
The Olden Garden Community Project is a 2-acre oasis of beauty and retreat from the busy streets surrounding it. A top terrace of beautiful herbaceous borders, lawn and patio. On lower slopes there is orchard, meadow and vegetable crops, and in springtime banks of blossom and golden daffodils

Opening: Suns 8 Apr; 3 June (2-6). Visitors also welcome by appt, max 10


Norfolk

16 Witton Lane
An ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ for the alpine and woodland plant enthusiast. Tiny garden with wide range of rare and unusual plants will be of great interest with its species tulips, daffodils, scillas, dog's tooth violets, many more bulbous plants and an abundance of trilliums and wood anemones. A garden indeed for the plant specialist

Opening: Sun 29 Apr (11-4)

16 Witton Lane

Bradenham Hall
A garden for all seasons. Flower gardens, formally designed and richly planted, formal rose gardens, paved garden, unusual climbers, herbaceous and shrub borders, traditional kitchen gardens with 2 glasshouses. Arboretum of over 800 different trees, all labelled. Massed daffodils in spring. A delight and an education. Groups by appt

Opening: For NGS: Suns 15 Apr; 22 July; 9 Sept (2-5.30)

Bradenham Hall

Chestnut Farm
3 acre garden, over 60 varieties of snowdrops separately labelled, large flowered and specie crocus, hellebores, some early daffodils, and other spring bulbs. Especially come and smell the daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill. In July herbaceous borders are burgeoning, see a range of aroids, small arboretum, and some unusual flowering shrubs

Opening: Thur 1, Suns 4 Mar (11-4); 22 July (11-5). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Chestnut Farm

Hoveton Hall Gardens
15-acre gardens and grounds taking you through the seasons. Featuring daffodils, azaleas, rhododendrons and hydrangeas in woodland. Mature walled herbaceous garden, and redesigned walled kitchen garden. Tearooms open serving light lunches and afternoon tea. Plant sales also available

Opening: For NGS: Fri 4 May, Sun 19 Aug (10.30-5)

Hoveton Hall Gardens

Sallowfield Cottage
1-acre garden with large pond, lots of clematis, old roses, herbaceous plants and wooded area. Views toward Wymondham Abbey across what used to be Wymondham deer park. Tulips, daffodils and other spring flowering woodland plants

Opening: Sun 22 Apr (11-5). Groups also welcome by appt

Sallowfield Cottage

The Conifers
1½-acre garden with 3 ponds and bog garden, herbaceous and shrub borders, rose pergolas and statuary. Informal area featuring many trees incl walnut, medlar,larch, birch and oak. In spring blossom and massed planting of daffodils and narcissi

Opening: Groups welcome by appt Apr to July

The Conifers

Wretham Lodge
In spring masses of species tulips, hellebores, fritillaries, daffodils and narcissi; bluebell walk. In June hundreds of old roses. Walled garden, with fruit and interesting vegetable plots. Mixed borders and fine old trees. Double herbaceous borders. Wild flower meadows

Opening: Sun 8, Mon 9 Apr (12-5)

Wretham Lodge


North East Wales

Clwydfryn
¾-acre plantswoman's garden, well worth a visit any time of the yr. Collection of epimediums, hellebores and daffodils in spring. Many unusual spring shade loving plants and perennial borders in summer. Grass border, orchard and colourful cottage garden potager

Opening: Visitors & groups 6+ welcome by appt Jan to June incl

Clwydfryn

The Old Rectory, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr
Garden of approx 1 acre set in beautiful, tranquil, sheltered valley. A garden for all seasons; hellebores; abundance of spring flowers; mixed borders; water, bog, and gravel gardens; walled garden with old roses, pergola, bower and garden of meditation. Also hardy orchids, gentians, daffodils, rhododendrons and acers.

Opening: Suns 29 Apr; 24 June (2-5). Groups also welcome by appt


Northamptonshire

Briarwood
A garden in two parts with quirky original sculptures and many faces: a S-facing lawn and colourful borders with spring bulbs, blossom trees, summer colour, hedging, palms, climbers, lily pond, and sunny terrace; secondly, a secret garden with summerhouse, small orchard, raised bed potager and water feature. Delicious home-made lunches, cakes and teas

Opening: Suns 15 Apr (10-4); 5 Aug (10-7)

Briarwood

Deene Park
Interesting garden set in beautiful parkland. Large parterre with topiary designed by David Hicks echoing the C16 decoration on the porch stonework, long mixed borders, old-fashioned roses, Tudor courtyard and white garden. Lake and waterside walks with rare mature trees in natural garden

Opening: For NGS: Wed 23 May (2-5) (Last adm 4pm)

Deene Park

The Old Rectory, Sudborough
Classic 3-acre country garden with extensive herbaceous borders of unusual plants. Magnolias and cornus in spring, containers of bulbs and large plantings of tulips and daffodils, early rare hellebores. Formal rose circle and box edged potager designed by Rosemary Verey, woodland walk and pond alongside Harpers Brook

Opening: For NGS: Suns 22 Apr, 17 June (2-6) in conjunction with Marie Curie

The Old Rectory, Sudborough


Nottinghamshire

Capability Barn
This large country garden continues to evolve with new features and plantings. Enjoy colourful displays of spring bulbs in April and rich varied herbaceous displays from early summer onwards. All this within a framework of mature trees and wonderful countryside views. Daffodils, hostas and ornamental grasses all star in their seasons

Opening: Suns 15 Apr, 17 June (1-5). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Capability Barn

Felley Priory
Garden for all seasons with yew hedges and topiary, snowdrops, hellebores, herbaceous borders and rose garden. There are pergolas, a white garden, a small arboretum and borders filled with unusual trees, shrubs, plants and bulbs. The grass-edged pond is planted with primulas, bamboo, iris, roses and eucomis. New for 2012 - Bluebell woodland walk

Opening: For NGS: Sun 15 Apr (10-4)

Felley Priory

Roselea
Picturesque plantsman's garden. Mixed borders, shrubs, roses, clematis and geraniums. Hellebores, daffodils, cyclamen and alpines. Many unusual plants. Hostas and ferns in pots. Small alpine area. Pergolas covered with climbers. Compost area. Places to sit and ponder. Come and enjoy home-made cakes and teas. Spring opening - hellebores, cyclamen, daffodils and alpines

Opening: Sun 25 Mar (11-5). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Roselea

The Beeches
1-acre garden full of colour and interest to plant enthusiasts looking for unusual and rare plants. Spring gives some 250 named snowdrops together with hellebores and early daffodils. The lawn is awash with crocus, fritillarias, anemones, narcissi and cyclamen. Large vegetable garden on raised beds. Lovely views over open countryside

Opening: Sun 19, Wed 22 Feb (11-4); Sun 18 Mar, Sun 15 Apr (2-5); Sun 17, Wed 20 Feb 2013 (11-4). Visitors also welcome by appt

The Beeches


Oxfordshire

Ashbrook House
The garden where Kenneth Grahame read Wind in the Willows to local children and where he took inspiration for his description of the oak doors to Badger's House. Come and see - you may catch a glimpse of Toad and friends in this 3½-acre chalk and water garden in a beautiful spring-line village. In spring the banks are a mass of daffodils and in late summer the borders are full of unusual plants

Opening: Sun 1 Apr, Sun 2 Sept (2-6). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Ashbrook House

Buckland Lakes
Six acres of parkland surround the lakeside walk, designed by Richard Woods; fine trees; daffodils; shrubs. Norman church adjoins garden. C18 icehouse; thatched boathouse; exedra

Opening: Sun 1 Apr (2-5)

Buckland Lakes

Hillview House
2-acre garden with a lime tree lined drive. Established trees, shrubs, perennial borders and spring flowers in abundance incl daffodils and aconites. Ongoing planting of new flower borders and vegetables make this a much loved family garden

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Kencot Gardens
8 gardens and the allotments are open and the fine Norman Church will be beautifully decorated with Easter flowers. Springtime in Kencot is a magical time. Gardens abound with naturalised, varied daffodils and narcissi, hellebores, wood anemones, primrose, primulas and fritillaries. Many unusual trees incl a 150yr old apple tree at Ivy Nook, an ancient ginko at Kencot House, medlar, mulberry, a pleached lime walk and 2 C19 clipped yew balls at Manor Farm, a rare Japanese plum tree and red oak at Gable End and a miniature woodland glade at Well House. Vegetables are not forgotten with walled kitchen gardens and the allotments where the emphasis is on organic gardening. To complete this village idyll - geese, chickens and 2 alpacas

Opening: Mon 9 Apr (2-6)

Pinnocks
Two north and sounth gardens, divided by the house. Mixed shrub and herbaceous borders incl one planted for flower picking and arranging. Masses of spring bulbs and containers with spring flowers. No space is left unplanted, incl the roadside border which has many different varieties of daffodils. The old magnolia never fails to trill with with its abundance of flowers - a real wow factor

Opening:


Powys

Cartref
1-acre modern cottage garden with an emphasis on attracting wildlife and recycling materials. Woodland, ponds, perennial borders and a kitchen garden give yr-round interest. Meandering paths join areas and give unexpected views within the garden. Spring bulbs make the garden particularly pretty in April and May

Opening: Suns 15, 29 Apr; 20 May (1-5). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Cartref


Cyfie Farm
Enjoy an evening with wine and music in our beautiful 1-acre hillside garden with spectacular views of Vyrnwy valley and Welsh hills. Linger over the roses or wander through the woodland garden with rhododendrons and bluebell banks. Many places to sit and contemplate the stunning views to the sound of peaceful Welsh Music. New this yr - wild flower meadow

Opening: Evening Opening, Sun 13 May (5-8). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Cyfie Farm


Shropshire

Henley Hall
The historic elements of the gardens – mature specimen trees, rock garden, water features, yew hedges, balustrades and Ha-ha – are complemented by a naturalistic planting scheme. Highlights incl: fern river walk, organic kitchen garden, daffodil ‘slang’, cedar collection and green garden

Opening: Sun 1 Apr (2-5)

Henley Hall


Somerset, Bristol & South Gloucestershire

Algars Mill
2-acre woodland garden bisected by R Frome; spring bulbs, shrubs; very early spring feature (Feb-Mar) of wild Newent daffodils. 300-400yr-old mill house (not open) through which millrace still runs

Opening: Groups welcome by appt (see Algars Manor)

Algars Mill

Somerfoss
2-acre garden in peaceful valley planted for year round interest. Banks of primroses, cowslips, violets and daffodils in April. Island beds with camassias, alliums and an assortment of spring bulbs. New crevice garden. Untouched meadow areas grow spring wild flowers with fritillaries. Abundant insect life

Opening: Wed 18, Sun 22 Apr (2-5.30)

Somerfoss


Staffordshire, Birmingham & West Midlands

Millennium Garden
2-acre garden with many flower beds, host of golden daffodils in March. Millennium bridge over landscaped water garden, leading to attractive walks along rough mown paths through maturing woodland, and seasonal wild flowers, Uneven surfaces and gravel paths

Opening: Suns 1 Apr; 10 June (1-5)

Millennium Garden


Suffolk

Blakenham Woodland Garden
Beautiful 6-acre woodland garden with variety of rare trees and shrubs. Chinese rocks and a landscape sculpture. Especially lovely in spring with daffodils, camellias, magnolias and bluebells followed by roses in early summer

Opening: For NGS: Suns 19 Feb; 8, 15 Apr (10-5)

Great Thurlow Hall
River walk newly restored and trout lake with extensive display of daffodils and blossom. Spacious lawns, shrubberies and roses. Walled kitchen garden

Opening: Suns 1 Apr; 17 June (12-5)

Langham Hall Gardens
Georgian gem set in 8 acres of gardens incl an historic 3.7 acres walled garden housing a National Collection of Alpine Campanulas and a fully working herb and fruit garden. Large variety of daffodils and other spring bulbs. Lovely trees and shrubs – a beautiful time of yr for this diverse garden

Opening: Sun 25 Mar (2-5)

Rydal Mount
Fine vistas of daffodils shown off by flowering cherries, and ornamental trees. Primroses and cowslips in abundance. Roses predominate in June with many beds, climbers and ramblers are supported by superb pergolas. 2 ponds, fine shrubbery, young orchard with orchids, chickens and geese, kitchen garden, polytunnel, and soft fruit. New Victorian greenhouse

Opening: Sun 15 Apr (11-5). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Rydal Mount

Saxham Hall
Large park with woodland and waterside walks. extensive drifts of spring flowers and bulbs including large swathes of daffodils. Topiary features, yew hedges and many fine trees. House, garden and lakes used for several TV period dramas

Opening: Sun 8 Apr (2-5)


Surrey

41 Shelvers Way
Visitors say ‘one of the most colourful back gardens in Surrey’. In spring, a myriad of small bulbs with specialist daffodils and many pots of colourful tulips. Choice perennials follow, with rhododendrons and azaleas. Cobbles and shingle support grasses and self-sown plants with a bubble fountain. Annuals, phlox and herbaceous plants ensure colour well into Sept. A garden for all seasons

Opening: Suns 22 Apr; 22 July; 19 Aug (2-5.30). Visitors also welcome by appt

41 Shelvers Way

Clandon Park
Garden around the house laid out informally, apart from parterre beneath S front. To the S a mid-C18 grotto. Principal front faces parkland, laid out in the style of Capability Brown around 1770. Created in 1901, Dutch garden modelled on the pond garden at Hampton Court Palace. Large bulb and daffodil field looks stunning in spring

Opening: For NGS: Sun 25 Mar (11-5)

Clandon Park

Culverkeys
A romantic somewhat secret garden on the edge of Epsom Downs. Meandering paths pass borders planted to capacity with interesting and unusual plants. Arches smothered in climbers reveal secluded corners and running water soothes the spirit. Designed for yr-round interest, shrubs and trees play host to many clematis

Opening: Suns 3 June; 15 July (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appt

Ramster
A stunning, mature woodland garden set in over 30 acres, famous for its rhododendron and azalea collection and carpets of bluebells. Enjoy a peaceful wander down the meandering woodland walk, explore the bog garden with stepping stones or relax in the tranquil enclosed Tennis Court Garden

Opening: For NGS: Fri 11 May (10-5)

Ramster

The Chalet
55 acres. Carpets of tens of thousands of daffodils; lakes, ornamental ponds, koi pond and waterfall. Ancient woodlands, grass lands and formal garden. Large planted terraces. Beautiful Victorian mansion (not open). Woodland and garden trail

Opening: Suns 25 Mar; 1 Apr (11-4.30)

The Chalet

Timber Hill
Beautifully situated 15-acre garden, woodland garden and park with views to N Downs. Fine specimens of oaks, liquidambar and liriodendron. Early witch hazel walk (by appt), new plantings of oaks, beech, cherry and acers. Many camellias and magnolias shelter behind banks of rhododendron ponticum. Drifts of narcissi, daffodils and spring bulbs; shrub and ground-cover borders. Bluebells and azaleas in early May

Opening: Suns 1 Apr; 6 May (11.30-4.30)

Timber Hill

Winkworth Arboretum
This dramatic hillside Arboretum perfectly demonstrates what Dr Fox, the Arboretum's creator, described as 'using trees and shrubs to paint a picture'. Impressive displays of daffodils, bluebells and azaleas await in spring. Picnic by the lake in summer. Don’t miss the stunning autumnal display created by maples, cherries and tupelos

Opening: For NGS: Suns 15 Apr; 7 Oct (10-6)

Winkworth Arboretum

Wintershall Manor
2-acre garden and 200 acres of park and woodland. Bluebell walks in spring, wild daffodils, rhododendrons, specimen trees. Lakes and flight ponds; superb views. Chapel of St Mary, stations of Cross, Rosary Walk and St Francis Chapel

Opening: Sats 21 Apr; 12 May (2-5)

Wintershall Manor


Sussex

Aldsworth House
Sheets of crocus, daffodils and fritillaries under a 200yr-old plane tree herald the spring. 6 acres contain a walled and gravel garden, numerous borders and 2 mini-arboretums, packed full of a wide variety of unusual trees, shrubs and perennials. Particular specialities are hellebores, peonies, roses, epimediums, hostas, magnolias, clematis and very old fruit trees

Opening: Suns, Tues 11, 13 Mar; 27, 29 May (11-5)

Aldsworth House

Bignor Park
11 acres of garden to explore, with magnificent views of S Downs. Interesting trees, shrubs, wild flower areas with swathes of daffodils in spring. The walled flower garden has been replanted. Plenty of seats for contemplation, and shelter if it rains. Temple, Greek loggia, Zen pond and unusual sculptures. A peaceful garden with no traffic noise

Opening: Every Wednesday in April & October (2-5)

Dachs
A waterlogged field turned into a beautiful garden of about 2 acres. Incl white garden, bog area, stream and unusual design of bridges. Several other themed beds with perennials of different textures and colours. Wide range of daffodils, narcissi, some snowdrops, fritillaria and iris in the spring

Opening: Sats, Suns 17, 18 Mar; 26, 27 May (1-5.30)

Dachs

High Beeches
25 acres of enchanting landscaped woodland and water gardens with spring daffodils, bluebells and azalea walks, many rare and beautiful plants, wild flower meadows and glorious autumn colours. Picnic area. National Collection of Stewartias

Opening: For NGS: Suns 20 May; 23 Sept (1-5)

High Beeches

Lordington House
Early C17 house (not open) and walled gardens. Clipped yew and box, lawns, borders and fine views. Vegetables, fruit and poultry in old kitchen garden. Carpet of daffodils in spring. Various trees both mature and young. Salvias and sedum shine in September

Opening: Sats, Suns 31 Mar, 1 Apr; 8, 9 Sept (1.30-4.30). Visitors also welcome by appt, no coaches

Michelham Priory
The tranquil and beautiful gardens at Michelham Priory surround the historic C13 house (open to the public) enclosed by Britain’s longest water-filled medieval moat. They show both historic and contemporary features with changing seasonal displays, awash with daffodils and hellebores in spring

Opening: For NGS: Mons 26 Mar; 2 Apr (10.30-5)

Michelham Priory

Nyewood House
Victorian country house garden with stunning views of S Downs. 3 acres comprising formal gardens with rose walk and arbours, pleached hornbeam, colour-themed herbaceous borders, shrub borders, lily pond and fully stocked kitchen garden with greenhouse. Wooded area featuring spring flowers followed by wild orchids

Opening: Sat 9, Sun 10 June (2-6). Groups of 16+ also welcome by appt

Nyewood House

Oakleigh Cottage
Pretty cottage garden with a variety of habitats in one acre. In spring, orchard full of daffodils, secret camellia garden, colourful shrubbery, woodland garden and many kinds of hellebore. In summer, over 90 varieties of rose and large herbaceous borders with a garden bank of bee-friendly flowers all year

Opening: Sat 31 Mar, Sun 1 Apr (11-4); Sat 18, Sun 19 Aug (11-5)

Oakleigh Cottage

Town Place
3 acres with over 600 roses, 150ft herbaceous border, walled herb garden, ornamental grasses, ancient hollow oak, orchard and potager. 'Green' Priory Church and Cloisters. C17 Sussex farmhouse (not open)

Opening: Sun 10 June, Thurs 14, 21 June, Sun 24 June; Suns 1, 8 July (2-6). Groups of 20+ also welcome by appt, £10 per person

Town Place


Warwickshire

Hill Close Gardens
Restored Grade ll* Victorian leisure gardens comprising 16 individual hedged gardens, 8 brick summerhouses. Herbaceous borders, heritage apple and pear trees, C19 daffodils, many varieties of asters and chrysanthemums. Heritage vegetables. NCCPG border, auricula theatre, Victorian style glasshouse. Children's garden. Gardener's walk 2nd Fri in month

Opening: For NGS: Sat 22 Sept (11-5)

Hill Close Gardens


Ilmington Gardens
Ilmington is an ancient hillside Cotswold village 2m from the Fosse Way. In April wander through the narrow stone walled paths that twine through the village to the ponds and sheep pastures by the Norman church at its centre. Nearby, visit the Elizabethan Manor House (next to the Red Lion PH) with its clipped yews and splashes of daffodils. Walk 200yds up to Foxcote Hill, a beautiful Georgian house hiding several acres of stunning rambling gardens. Proceed to Grump Cottage , a small stone cottage behind which is a new terraced walled garden planted in 2010. Cross the village, and behind the church, over Back Street, ascend the 200yd drive to The Grange  where amazing gardens have been nurtured at a commanding height. In June start at the Manor House  and enjoy the lovely 1920’s rose gardens. Walk up via the Village Hall to Crab Mill , in Grump Street, behind which lies a large sloping garden with wonderful views. Then to Frog Orchard , a modern house with a carefully planted cottage garden. Refresh yourself and drive to Compton Scorpion Farm, an amazing old farmhouse with a stunning garden on a remote hillside; then motor to Armscote House , a sleepy Elizabethan moated abode with wonderfully planted borders, high yew hedges and hot beds. On Sunday 22 Apr - Ilmington Manor, Foxcote Hill, The Grange and Grump Cottage will be open. Sunday 17 June - Ilmington Manor, Crab Mill, Frog Orchard, Armscote House and Compton Scorpion Farm will be open

Opening: Sun 22 Apr, Sun 17 June (2-6)


Ilmington Manor
4-acre garden surrounding Elizabethan cotswold stone manor house (not open). Hundreds of roses, extensive yew topiary, ornamental trees, shrub and herbaceous borders, goldfish pond. In spring, swathes of daffodils

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Ilmington Manor


Wiltshire

Fonthill House
Large woodland garden. Daffodils, rhododendrons, azaleas, shrubs, bulbs; magnificent views; formal garden

Opening: Sun 25 Mar (2-6)

Lacock Abbey Gardens
Woodland garden with carpets of aconites, snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils. Botanic garden with greenhouse, mediaeval cloisters and magnificent trees

Opening: For NGS: Sat 11, Sun 12, Sat 18, Sun 19 Feb, Sat 9, Sun 10, Sat 16, Sun 17 Feb 2013 (11-5)

Lacock Abbey Gardens

Lydiard Park Walled Garden
Beautiful ornamental C18 walled garden. Trimmed shrubs alternating with individually planted flowers and bulbs incl rare daffodils and tulips, sweet peas, annuals and wall-trained fruit trees. Park and children's playground

Opening: For NGS: Sun 29 July (11-5)

Lydiard Park Walled Garden

The Mill House
Surrounded by the R Till, millstream and a 10-acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 300 species of old fashioned roses rambling from the many trees. It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Birdsong is phenomenal in spring and summer. Herbaceous borders crammed with plants of yesteryear, unforgettable scents. Glorious spring bulbs. SSSI

Opening: For NGS: Sun 1 Apr, Sun 1 July (2-6)

Wellaway
2-acre flower arranger's garden comprising herbaceous borders, orchard, vegetable garden, ornamental and wildlife ponds, lawns and naturalised areas. Planted since 1979 for yr-round interest. Shrubberies and rose garden, other areas underplanted with bulbs or ground cover. Springtime particularly colourful with daffodils, tulips and hellebores

Opening: Suns 1 Apr, 9 Sept (2-6)


Worcestershire

Dial Park
Approx ¾ acre garden in rural setting. Planted with a wide variety of plants providing interest throughout the year. Specialities incl a large collection of snowdrops, old daffodils and hardy ferns. Small collection of country tools and bygones

Opening: Wed 15 Feb (11-4). Visitors also welcome by appt, incl groups

Dial Park

Overbury Court
Georgian house 1740 (not open); landscape garden of same date with stream and pools; daffodil bank and grotto. Plane trees, yew hedges; shrubs; cut flowers; coloured foliage; gold and silver, shrub rose borders. Norman church adjoins garden

Opening: Visitors welcome by appt


Yorkshire

Constable Burton Hall Gardens
Large romantic garden with terraced woodland walks. Garden trails, shrubs, roses and water garden. Display of daffodils and over 5000 tulips planted annually amongst extensive borders. Fine John Carr house (not open) set in splendour of Wensleydale countryside

Opening:

Constable Burton Hall Gardens

Goldsborough Hall
Previously opened for NGS from 1928 - 30 and now beautifully restored by present owners (re-opened in 2010). 11-acre garden and formal landscaped grounds in parkland setting and Grade 2*, C17 house, former residence of the late HRH Princess Mary, daughter of George V and Queen Mary, Gertrude Jekyll inspired replanted 120ft double herbaceous borders and rose garden. ¼m lime tree walk planted by Royalty circa 1920 underplanted with 50,000 naturalised daffodils. Woodland walk and specimen trees

Opening: Suns 1 Apr (12-4); 22 July (12-5). Visitors & groups also welcome by appt

Goldsborough Hall

Manor House
Next generation of family in situ. 2-acre garden surrounding C18 farmhouse with octagonal dovecote, stream and lake. Parterre for late-summer interest; herbaceous border, glasshouse with productive garden and small orchard. Naturalistic planting at rear running into 20yr-old arboretum with spring bulbs and wild flowers and woodland walk by lakeside

Opening: Groups welcome by appt, between mid May & end of June

Manor House

Sleightholmedale Lodge
Hillside garden, walled rose garden and herbaceous borders with delphiniums, roses, verbascums in July.Species tulips and meconopsis in early June. Views over peaceful valley in N.Yorks Moors. Daffodils in April

Opening: Mon 9 Apr; Sun 3, Mon 4 June; Sat 7, Sun 8 July (1-6)

Terrington House
Formal garden set in 3 acres with exquisite shell house, herbaceous and mixed borders. Spring- mixed beds of brunnera, narcissi, tulips, azaleas, daffodils, bluebells, rhododendrons, roses, peonies, hostas. Summer - delphiniums. Impressive trees, herb garden parterre and vegetable garden

Opening: Sun 6 May, Sun 17 June (11-4). Groups also welcome by appt

Terrington House

Wortley Hall
26 acres of elegant Italianate gardens set within landscaped parkland. Formal gardens with sunken garden, arbour and clipped yew balls all framed with seasonal bedding and mixed borders leading to walled organic kitchen garden. Informal walks through pleasure grounds reveal C18/19 plantings incl 500yr old hollow oak, lake and ice house and recently uncovered fernery

Opening: Sun 17 June (12-4)

Wortley Hall

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