Friday, 16 July 2021

Gardens open for NGS this weekend

Dear Blogger

Shrewsbury Delights!
Joining the National Garden Scheme in Shropshire for the first time, the combined opening of two delightful urban gardens in Shrewsbury - 74 Conway Drive & 12 Colley Close (pictured below) - on Friday 16th July (5-9pm) make a date now for this evening opening! 
Both these beautifully designed and planted gardens demonstrate just how much can be achieved in urban gardens with imagination and flair!  Both feature clever use of pots and containers, creating intimate corners plus the use of water in both gardens is fundamental to their design.  There are wonderful collections of koi carp and bonsai as well.  Please note: on-street parking is at 74 Conway Close only with free shuttle bus available between the gardens or visitors can walk or cycle (approx 1 mile).  Visitors should book a ticket in advance to these gardens:

Refreshments, Plants & Books For Sale!
The best things come in small packages!
More proof that the most delightful gardens in our county come in small spaces packed with interest, life and enjoyment!  At 153 Willoughbridge (nr Market Drayton), open on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July (1-5pm on both days), this is demonstrated to the full!  As seen on BBC Gardeners World, and opening for the first time for the National Garden Scheme, this beautiful, cottage-style garden is packed full of scented insect friendly plants, including  English roses, grasses and herbaceous perennials, a woodland-jungle garden consisting of huge scented tree lilies, tree ferns, acers, bamboo and bananas, 2 green roofs, 3 bug hotels and a large Victorian greenhouse full of traditional and exotic plants - there is so much to see and enjoy at this very special garden.  Visitors should pre-book tickets to this garden:
Also coming up this weekend
Sunday 18th July & Monday 19th July (1-5pm): Lower Brookshill, Nind (off A488 Bishops Castle road from Shrewsbury) At 1100 feet high in the Shropshire Hills, this is truly a magnificent location for this wonderful garden with so much to see including its "Monet" waterlily pond (pictured right).  Tickets in advance or on the gate:
Sunday 18th July (12.30-5pm) Sambrook Manor, Sambrook, nr Newport. Delightful country garden with deep, colourful, well-planted borders offset by sweeping lawns, Japanese garden & rill all complete the picture, a lovely place for all the family to visit.  Tickets in advance or on the gate:
Sunday 18th July (10-5pm) Delbury Hall Walled Garden: this early Victorian Walled Garden plus estate is packed full of abundant and colourful planting - at its summer best.  Orchard and wine from the walled garden's own vineyard. Tickets available in advance or on the gate:
A real treat next week!
A pair of pretty, plant-packed cottage gardens at Offcot & Appledore at Kinnerley (off the A5 nr Shrewsbury) will be open together every day next week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday (20th - 24th July) from 10-4pm.  Don't miss a visit to these two lovely gardens:
Group Visits
Many of our Shropshire gardens are open for group visits now, so just click on the left to see all the gardens offering group visits, then just contact the owner directly to make your arrangements - all proceeds to NGS charities.

Cancelled Gardens

We're sorry to say that the following gardens, which appear in our leaflet and in the Yellow Book, will be unable to open this year:
Delbury Hall Walled Garden: Sun 12th Sept (nursery will be open)
Goldstone Hall: Wed 15th Sept
The National Garden Scheme raises money for caring and nursing charities including Macmillan, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Parkinson's UK, The Queens Nursing Institute, Horatio's Garden, Maggie's Centres, The Carers' Trust and MIND, the mental health charity.  The National Garden Scheme also supports gardening apprenticeships and community garden schemes