A garden for all seasons with quirky original sculptures and many faces. Firstly, a south aspect lawn and borders containing bulbs, shrubs, roses and rare trees with yr-round interest; hedging, palms, climbers, a wildlife, fish and lily pond, terrace with potted bulbs and unusual plants in odd containers. Secondly, a secret garden with summerhouse, small orchard, raised bed potager and greenhouse.
Crafts for sale and children's quiz. Featured in Garden News and Northamptonshire Telegraph. Balcony design accepted in the Green Living Spaces category at Malvern Spring Festival.
Sunday 15 April (10am - 4pm), Sunday 14 October (11am - 3pm). Admission £4.50, children free. Light refreshments.
Refreshments in aid of The British Heart Foundation & Diabetes UK.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement April to October. Admission £5.50, children free. Light refreshments.
How to find us
Briarwood, 4 Poplars Farm Road, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 5AF
1½m SE of Kettering Town Centre. J10 off A14 turn onto Barton Rd (A6) towards Wicksteed Park. R into Warkton Lane, after 200 metres R into Poplars Farm Rd.
More about Briarwood
‘Briarwood’ is a developing garden in two parts: firstly, a large terrace contains potted bulbs including tulips, narcissi, fritillaria, puschkinia and chinodoxa, acacia tree and plants such as camellia, olive, fig, restio and house leeks. There are Mediterranean style seating areas under an unusual pergola with grapevines, hop and rose climbers; a path leads past a tall scots pine to south-facing lawn and borders with spring flowering shrubs and primroses, aconites, snowdrops, grape hyacinth, tulips, mixed varieties of daffodils planted under apple and blossom trees, including a mature amelanchier (snowy mespilus).There is an area for shade-lovers with woodland planting such as young silver birches, ferns, hostas and snake’s head fritillaria. Tall hedging protects palms, climbers, shrubs and herbaceous perennials and a fish pond with local stone features, acers, lilies, grasses and rushes. Secondly, through a bespoke wrought iron gate, there is a secret garden with a secluded summerhouse hidden under a crack willow in a small orchard with soft fruit bushes, raised bed potager, greenhouse and water feature, the whole looking out to open fields and countryside. The garden has all year round interest in both structure and flowering and includes some unusual trees and plants such as Wollemi Pine, New Zealand Kowhai and Acacia Pravissima. There is a healthy variety of bird and wildlife visitors and the garden has a range of quirky features throughout, including bespoke metal and stone sculptures and intriguing faces to watch out for!