Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme this week

Message from NGS publicity.

We have no fewer than 8 gardens opening throughout the coming week so, without further ado:

1 MOUNT PLEASANT COTTAGES, Lockleywood, Market Drayton TF9 2LS will open on Wednesday 22nd June from 12 noon to 5 pm.  Adm £5 for adults.  Lockley Wood, near Hinstock. Turn off A41 at Hinstock. Follow A529.  At crossroads in Lockley Wood turn L. Garden 1st property on R. From Market Drayton, A529 towards Newport. In Lockley Wood turn R at crossroads. Parking is limited.
This garden, which is opening for the first time for the NGS,  extends to a fifth of an acre, situated in a rural position. The main garden comprises a long border and island beds with cottage style planting, all colour themed to flow throughout the seasons. Box and yew punctuate the planting. Other features inc a fish pond and productive vegetable plot. The back garden is planted predominantly with shade tolerant plants.
Refreshments available at nearby Goldstone Hall which is opening at the same time.
GOLDSTONE HALL GARDENS, Goldstone, Market Drayton, TF9 2NA will also be opening on Wednesday 22nd June from 12 noon to 5 pm.  Adm £6.50 for adults.  5m N of Newport on A41.  Follow brown & white signs from Hinstock. From Shrewsbury A53, R for A41 Hinstock & follow brown & white signs & NGS signs.

The Goldstone Hall kitchen garden is one of the largest at a Hotel and Restaurant in the UK, majority of produce is used in the kitchen. (Surpluses for sale). Head Gardener, Nick Huxley will be in his garden on open days and has lots of useful tips and advice which he is happy to pass on.The poly tunnel will be full of early produce and with a mass of heirloom variety tomatoes which are not only tasty but colourful and display a range of shapes and sizes. The double tiered herbaceous border runs in front of the old English garden wall and has good rhythm of planting.  Delphiniums star in June, which are then followed by Mallow, Crocosmia,and later flowering Clematis in July and August, Sedums and spectacular fruit and vegetable harvest in September.The Lawn aficionado will love the velvety grass.  The increasingly secret edible garden features peach, Szechuan pepper, figs and honey berries with a full range of herbs to smell and taste.
Refreshments available: Freshly baked cakes feature in the Oak pavilion, created by our talented chefs.   Wheelchair access 

 WHITCOTT HALL, Whitcott Keysett, Clun, Craven Arms, SY7 8QE  will open on Thursday 23rd June from 11 am to 5 pm.  Adm £5 for adults.
From Clun Bridge; take road to Newcastle, after approx. 2m turn R, Whitcott Keysett, Mardu, & at the T-junction turn L.
This 2 acre garden, white is another new garden for the NGS,  features a lily pond with fountain, an old yew tree, and a hornbeam avenue. There are mature shrubs and trees inc walnuts; a small copse plus new orchard inc vines and a cherry. A brook borders one side of the garden. There is a herb garden, vegetables in tubs and courtyard with fig tree. There are plenty of seats to relax in plus beautiful views, especially south.
Light refreshments, tea, coffee and cake.  Dogs welcome.  Wheelchair access to most areas.
Two for the price of one!  These next two gardens open together on Friday 24th June from 10 am to 4 pm   Adm for adults for both gardens £6
AVOCET, 3 Main Road, Plealey, SY5 0UZ
CHERITON, Main Road, Plealey SY5 0JY

Pre-booking is essential for these gardens
6m SW of Shrewsbury. From A5 take A488 signed Bishops Castle, approx ½m past Lea Cross Tandoori turn L signed Plealey. In ¾m turn L, garden on R. SatNav unreliable.

Developed over a period of 15 years with the aim of creating a garden with interesting and unusual plants, Avocet is designed in a way that evokes an atmosphere of peace and contentment. It is a garden that encourages the visitor to meander along the many pathways to discover its varied features, plant combinations and sculpture. Along the way there are many seats positioned to encourage the visitor to relax and soak up the atmosphere. The garden has been described by visitors as 'inspirational' and 'magical'. Wildlife is also welcomed into the garden to help with pest control and pollination and add interest. Visitors are encouraged to look for and listen to the many different types of birds, butterflies and insects that share the garden. We have tried to show that a wildlife garden can be beautiful and full of plants and that a quarter of an acre can have a big heart. Part of the NGS Gardens for Wellbeing campaign.

Cheriton is a family garden where every space has a function, with annual and perennial cut flower borders, fruit and vegetables, polytunnel, chickens, wildlife pond, outdoor cooking and green woodworking areas. Full of colour with stunning borrowed views to the fields and hill beyond.

An opportunity to see two neighbouring gardens of same size with similar organic principles and for wildlife with different interpretations.
ALBRIGHTON TRUST MOAT AND GARDENS, Blue House Lane, Albrighton, Wolverhampton, WV7 3FL is opening for the second time this year on Saturday 25th June from 11 an ti 3 on.  Adm. £5 for adults
Off A41& adjacent to the motorway network. We are located very close to Albrighton train station & close to the RAF Cosford base.

The gardens were established thirty years ago; at the time the site was a disused farmer's field, with one lone Oak tree. Today the gardens boast hundreds of trees and shrubs, a mix of formal, natural, sensory, vegetable and cottage gardens. There are three wildlife ponds as well as an ancient Moat, which is now used for wheelchair accessible fishing for people with disabilities or ill health. This hidden gem of herbaceous, perennial and wildflower garden beds are managed and maintained by volunteers and garden buddies with either physical or learning disabilities. The gardens have received an 'Outstanding' award from RHS Heart of England in Bloom for the past 9 years and a recipient of an 'Outstanding Achievement' award in 2015. The gardens are beautiful whatever the time of year; in winter the crisp frosts and snow highlight the majestic trees, as spring arrives there is seed sowing and bulbs flowering, with thousands of daffodils, tulips and hellebores around the gardens. Summer sees the spring work paying off with colourful bedding plants, vegetables showing their fruit and perennials bursting into colour. In Autumn the selection of Acers turn wonderful colours and the leaves begin to fall ready for winter once again.  A must-see garden.
Refreshments available.  Wheelchair access to all areas, disabled toilets.
Please note that this garden will NOT be open on Sunday 26th June.
THE SECRET GARDENS AT STEVENTON TERRACE, 21 Steventon Terrace, Steventon New Road, Ludlow, SY8 1JZ will also be opening on Saturday 25th June from 12.30 to 4.30 pm  Combined Adm. £5 for adults
Gardens are located behind row of terraced cottages.
Easily accessible from A49; on-street parking; Park & Ride stops outside the garden.

Very secret gardens behind a row of Victorian terraced cottages in Ludlow: ½ acre plot south facing garden developed over 30 years with the love of gardening, divided up into different sections; rose garden, herbaceous borders, koi fish, chickens, polytunnel, Mediterranean garden. Heart of England in Bloom chairman's award.
Refreshments available.  Dogs welcome.  Wheelchair access
HODNET HALL GARDENS, Hodnet, Market Drayton, TF9 3NN will be open for the NGS on Sunday 26th June from 11 am to 5 pm  Adm. 8.50 for adults
5½m SW of Market Drayton.  12m NE Shrewsbury. At junction of A53 & A442. 

The 60+ acres of Hodnet Hall Gardens are amongst the finest in the country. There has been a park and gardens at Hodnet for many hundreds of years, and their design and size has followed on from the three different sites of the houses in which the Heber-Percy family and their ancestors have lived. Magnificent forest trees, ornamental shrubs and flowers have been planted to give interest and colour from early Spring to late Autumn. Woodland walks alongside a daisy chain of pools and lakes, home to abundant wildlife. Productive walled kitchen garden and historic dovecot. 

Refreshments in the 17th century Tearooms which are open 12 noon to 5pm. We welcome disabled visitors, for whom large parts of the gardens are accessible especially if accompanied  Dogs welcome.
We regret to announce that, contrary to our earlier newsletter, Horatio's Garden will NOT be opening on Sunday 26th June.  We hope they will be able to open later in the year.  Please watch for announcements.
More dates for your diary:
Another busy week coming up:

Tuesday 28th June
BROWNHILL HOUSE, Ruyton XI Towns, SY4 1LR will be opening again from 10 am to 6.30 pm

Saturday 2nd July
48 BRAMBLE RIDGE, Bridgnorth WV16 4SQ will open from 11 am to 5 pm
CRUCKFIELD HOUSE, Ford, Shrewsbury, SY5 1NR will open from 2 to 5 pm
RUTHALL MANOR, Ditton Priors, Bridgnorth WV16 6TN will open from 12.20 to 5 pm

Sunday 3rd July
RUTHALL MANOR, Ditton Priors, Bridgnorth WV16 6TN will open from 12.30 to 5 pm
2 SCHOOL COTTAGES, Hook-a-Gate, Shrewsbury SY5 8BQ will open from 12 to 4.30 pm
UPPER MARSHES, Catherton Common, Hopton Wafers SY14 0JJ will open from 12 to 5 pm
For more details of these gardens or to pre-book tickets for any of our gardens, please go to:
Children are admitted free to all Shropshire gardens