A perfect summer evening
Thu 16 May 2019
We have several gardens that offer evening openings, often offering a glass of wine and sometimes even home-baked pizza, barbeque or live music. Evening openings can be a perfect way to discover some of our gardens on your way home from work or just to view them in a different light, enjoying a glass of chilled wine and watching the sunset in beautiful surroundings. We have put together a selection of evening opening gardens across England and Wales.
Kew Green Gardens, TW9 3AH are five adjacent long gardens running for 100 yards from the back of historic houses on Kew Green down to the Thames towpath. Together they cover nearly 1½ acres, and in addition to the style and structure of the individual gardens they can be seen as one large space, exceptional in London. The borders between the gardens are mostly relatively low and the trees and large shrubs in each contribute to viewing the whole, while roses and clematis climb between gardens giving colour to two adjacent gardens at the same time. On open days music carries through the five gardens. Evening opening on the 2nd June.
10 Loris Road, Hammersmith, W6 7QA is a long narrow garden designed by award winning Jo Thompson. Separated into four distinct rooms by the clever use of 3D hardscaping, it obscures surrounding houses. Espaliered apple trees, steel-framed pergolas, seating areas and a mix of ground textures together with a working pizza oven are surrounded by more than 20 different roses and 15 clematis as well as many perennials. Evening opening on 2nd June.
There’s the chance to enjoy two fabulous gardens in Mill Hill Road, W3 8JE when numbers 41 and 65 open for the National Garden Scheme. At Number 41 you’ll find a surprisingly large and sunny garden, with lavender and hornbeam hedges, herbaceous planting and climbers, including unusual and rare plants as the owner is a compulsive plantaholic. There are many salvias, clematis, dahlias and late flowering hardy and half hardy annuals. Move on to Number 65 and discover a garden designer’s own garden. A secluded and tranquil space, paved, with changes of level and borders there are sunny areas, topiary, a greenhouse and interesting planting combine to provide a wildlife haven. A pond and organic principles are used to promote a green environment and give a stylish walk to a studio at the end of the garden. Evening opening on 19th July.
In Sutton, Surrey, 15 The Avenue is a contemporary garden designed by RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winner, Marcus Barnett. Enjoy a number of contemporary sculptures and a contemporary outdoor room, lawn and wildflower meadow. Evening opening on the 6th July.
An added benefit of visiting an evening opening is that you may well get an exclusive viewing away from the crowds. The Walled Garden at Tilgate Park, Sussex have two evening openings on the 17th and 18th July each with a talk and tour, which will focus on the walled garden and some of the trees planted centuries ago in the woodland.
Cookscroft nr Chichester, Sussex features cottage, woodland and Japanese style gardens, water features and borders of perennials with a particular emphasis on southern hemisphere plants. Their evening opening on 15th June offers wine and cheese too.
On the 21st June, Midsummer’s Evening, we are hosting Music in the Garden at Hazelby House, Nr Newbury. Our midsummer garden party will be opened by National Garden Scheme president and nation’s favourite baker, Mary Berry and you will have exclusive access to explore the exceptional 12-acre private garden, serenaded by soul singer Natasha Watts and the East Woodhay Silver Band. Tickets to this event must be pre-booked here.
Charingworth Court, Gloucestershire is an artistically and lovingly created 1½ acre garden surrounding restored Georgian/Tudor house. It has a relaxed country style with Japanese influences, large pond and walled vegetable/flower garden, created over 20 years from a blank canvas. Their evening opening is on the 22nd May but they are also open by arrangement.
Wander through 50 acres of natural species rich wild flower meadows at Goren Farm, Devon. With dozens of varieties of wild flowers and grasses, thousands of orchids from early June and butterflies in July and stunning views of Blackdown Hills. They have multiple evening openings throughout June and July.
East of England
Wild Rose Cottage, Cambridgeshire is a real cottage garden overflowing with plants. Gardens within gardens of abundant vegetation, roses climbing through trees, laburnum tunnel, and a daisy spiral in the summer. Evening opening on the 6th June.
There are three distinct areas to the garden at 16 Maida Way, Essex. A walled patio with raised beds of ferns, climbers, hostas and planters, then steps up to middle garden with a large koi pond, seating area, with acers, shrubs, herbaceous plants, grasses and grapevine. The third area is a kitchen garden with raised beds of fruit trees and bushes, herbs and vegetables. Evening opening with wine and nibbles on the 6th July.
Mannington Estate, Norfolk is 20 acres featuring shrubs, lake, trees, roses and period gardens. Their evening opening is on the 20th June.
Beechleigh, Hertfordshire has an evening opening on the 25th May with wine and artisan stalls. The garden combines bold confident lines of contemporary planting with more traditional herbaceous borders. Long beds of perennial grasses surround the 13m reflective pool, forming a focal point to the main house.
Pear Tree Cottage, Worcestershire hold a ‘Garden by Twilight’ evening on the 25th August. Trees, shrubs and sculptures are softly uplit and the garden is filled with 100’s of candles and nightlights (weather permitting!) Visitors are invited to listen to the owls and watch the bats whilst enjoying a glass of wine.
Tresillian Garden, Leicestershire has a new summer evening opening which will offer a relaxing visit with live – but gentle – jazz. This secluded and quiet garden on the southern side of Melton Mowbray, features a wide range of interesting specimen trees, pond, natural bog garden and koi carp pond. Evening opening on the 6th July.
Norwell Gardens, Nottinghamshire is a plethora of breathtaking village gardens showing the diversity that is achieved under the umbrella of a cottage garden description! Their evening opeing is on the 3rd July.
The Trentham Estate, Staffordshire has undergone a major programme of restoration which has both revealed the historic landscape designed by Capability Brown and is replenishing this with vast new contemporary plantings of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs. Their evening opening on the 12th June includes a tour with Trenthams’ Garden Team Manager, Carol Adam and Garden Team members Mark Porter and Richard Hilton.
Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion is a small C18 Welsh gentry estate set in the beautiful Dyffryn Aeron. 2 extensive restored walled gardens produce home grown vegetables, fruit and herbs for sale. The kitchen garden sits at the core of the estate with a John Nash villa built in 1795 and home farm, all virtually unaltered since its construction. Their evening opening is on the 20th June.
Cwmgyst, Gwent have multiple evening openings in May, June, July and August. This beautiful and mature secret stone walled garden with a colourful array of perennials, shrubs and shaped trees has shady corners and lush lawns, with various seating areas to admire each angle and the wonderful views from elevated seating area.
An increasing range of interesting trees and shrubs have been added to the existing collection of old fashioned roses at Dutton Hall, Lancashire. Other features include an analemmatic sundial, snail mound viewing platforms, distinctive paths and water feature inspired by the work of Charles Jencks. Their evening opening is on the 28th June.
Shandy Hall Gardens, North Yorkshire was home of C18 author Laurence Sterne. It has 2 walled gardens, 1 acre of unusual perennials interplanted with tulips and old roses in low walled beds. Their evening openings are on 7th and 28th June.
Winner of Yorkshire in Bloom Tourist Attractions Award 2018, The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park is 40 acres of garden inspired by the Himalayas. Considered home to the North’s largest collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias they have a special evening opening for the National Garden Scheme on the 20th May.
34 Dover Road, Yorkshire is a colourful, small town garden packed with interest and drama, combining formality with exotic exuberance. Please call ahead to book tickets for their evening opening on the 28th June – 0114 2661573