Our ticketed gardens collection
Mon 20 May 2019
Throughout the summer there are some exciting opportunities to visit gardens that don’t usually open their gates to the public. These gardens must be pre-booked and have strictly limited numbers. Some will include a tour or lunch, others are small but perfectly formed, many give you the chance to gain inspiration from top garden designers or you can even attend a midsummer party with Mary Berry. Take a look at the wonderfully eclectic mix below and don’t forget to book your tickets!
Our London ticketed gardens give you the chance to escape busy city life in some inspirational and surprising spaces. Two small but perfectly formed gardens that make the most of their limited space are 5 Blackthorn Avenue and Rooftop Veg Plot.
Opening on Sunday 23rd June, 5 Blackthorn Avenue is a small prestigious patio garden with lush tropical, sub-tropical and temperate plants, which was featured on the cover of the BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, and was a nationwide finalist in the Small Space category competition in 2018. Book tickets here.
If you are interested in growing your own fruit and veg in a small space then RooftopVegPlot is a must visit. Described as “an allotment in the sky or a cottage garden sitting on a magic carpet”, you’ll find shallow soil enriched with home made compost and the growing space enlarged with climbers, like squash, beans and bush fruit. There is also a huge mixture of salads, edible flowers and herbs tussling for space. Book tickets here for there openings on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July
Kemp Town Enclosures: South Garden in Sussex is a unique historic Grade II listed Regency private town garden in a spectacular seaside location open to the public for the first time in 200 years on Thursday 6th June! Designed by Henry Phillips in the 1820s, the garden was a central feature of the Regency Development of the Kemp Town Estate. Graced by royalty, Queen Victoria and Edward VII have walked within these beautiful gardens. The 5 acre garden combines open lawns, winding paths, trees, herbaceous and shrub boarders, with shaded woodland. Lewis Carrol after visiting many times is said to have been inspired by the garden tunnel, perhaps aiding the creation of the rabbit hole in ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Book tickets here.
What could be better than an exclusive garden party on midsummer’s night? Music in the Garden at Hazelby House, nr Newbury, Hampshire, 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. In addition there will be an auction conducted by veteran auctioneer Nick Bonham. Book tickets here for the evening of Friday 21st June.
A stunning country garden in the South West, Cadenham Manor in Wiltshire is a glorious 4 acre garden comprising a series of rooms around a listed manor and dovecote and is open on Thursday 6th June. Divided by yew hedges and moats, the rooms are furnished with specimen trees, mixed borders, plus fountains and statues to focus the eye. June’s highlights are a spectacular range of old roses and the peony walk. Book tickets here.
Visit a beautiful contemporary 3 acre rectory garden designed by multi-award-winning designer, Anoushka Feiler, on Sunday 2nd June or Sunday 1st September at The Old Rectory, Quinton, Northamptonshire. Taking the Old Rectory’s C18 history and its religious setting as a key starting point, the main garden at the back of the house has been divided into six parts; a kitchen garden, glasshouse and flower garden, a woodland menagerie, a pleasure garden, a park and an orchard. Book tickets here.
Come and celebrate summer in the woods with the roses and lilies at Evenley Wood, Northamptonshire. Open on Thursday 20th June this is a wonderful opportunity to see all that has been developed in the woods since Timothy Whiteley acquired them in 1980. The ticket price includes lunch and a talk from the head gardener, Tom Clarke. Book tickets here.
Wyndcliffe Court, Gwent is an exciting new opening for the National Garden Scheme on Tuesday 4th June 2pm – 6pm. This exceptional Arts and Crafts ‘Italianate’ style garden, designed by H. Avray Tipping and Sir Eric Francis in 1922, has characterful yew topiary, sun-warmed stone walls, formal terracing, ponds and bowling-green lawn. It has recently been the much-admired location for the BBC television programme The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts. Book tickets here.
In Cheshire on Saturday 15th June you can enjoy Manor Farm, a beautiful, 3 acre garden created from scratch in 2011/2012. Designed by Angela Collins who also designed the garden at Bruern Abbey, it has many features to enjoy including diverse themed ‘rooms’ divided by yew and hornbeam hedging; herbaceous borders; rose walk; kitchen garden; informal pond; orchard and wild flower meadow. With eye-catching views to the Welsh and Shropshire hills. Book tickets here.
If you would like to visit some gardens at the forefront of current ideas in naturalistic planting design, creating sustainable landscapes, and gardening for a changing climate, then Sheffield Gardens is perfect. This lovely opportunity to visit three inspiring, yet individual, gardens designed and owned by members of the Landscape Architecture Department, University of Sheffield whose work includes the Olympic Park, Pictorial Meadows is available on Sunday 14th July. Book tickets now.
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