Sunday, 12 June 2022

National Gardens Scheme open gardens

Message from National Gardens Scheme publicity.

The next three months are the busiest time of year for us, with so many wonderful gardens opening in the next few weeks.  We have new gardens for you to discover and old favourites to rediscover. 

FOUR WINDS, Gilberts Lane, Whixall SY13 2PR is one of the new gardens, opening on Thursday 16th June between 10.30 am and 5 pm.  £5 for adults. 3m N of Wem.  B5476 through Quina Brook turn L onto Coton Park/ Gilbert's Lane follow rd bearing L at junction Whitchurch B5476 turn R past Bull & Dog take 1st L past social centre then L Gilbert's Lane.
The traditional garden around the bungalow is backed by 150 year-old oak trees. In the adjoining paddock, a garden is being planted out, now 3-4 yrs old. Fruit tees, ornamental trees silver birches, shrub beds, hedges, pergolas with roses and wisteria, perennial beds, alliums making a delightful garden for wildlife and family. This garden is an on going evolving project and well worth visiting this year so its progress can be followed in the years to come.
Home made teas.  Wheelchair accessible.
Getting close to the longest day - balmy days and long evenings (we hope):
DELBURY HALL WALLED GARDEN, Delbury Estate, Mill Lane, Diddlebury SY7 9DH is open on Sunday 19th June from 10 am to 5 pm.  £5 for adults.  Please note that I gave the wrong postcode in my last newsletter - the above address is correct.  
8m W of Craven Arms.
Follow the B4368 to Diddlebury. Drive into village; the entrance to the Walled Garden is on R 300 metres past St Peter's church.

A two acre early Victorian Walled Garden with large herbaceous borders, a vegetable and a herb garden, shrubbery, vines and very old fruit trees. In addition there is a large Penstemon and Hemerocallis collection. A signposted walk guides you around the front of Delbury Hall and the lake. Extensive range of perennials and English wine from the vineyard for sale. Please check our website (  before travelling to ensure that the Hall gardens are open as it may be closed, at short notice, due to a private function.  Featured in the July 2021 issue of Gardens Illustrated.
Home made teas and English wines from the estate vineyard available to buy.  Wheelchair accessible but grass and gravel paths.  Dogs are welcome in the walled garden but not the Hall Gardens.

Set aside plenty of time to explore the 6 acres of gardens at
 PREEN MANOR, Church Preen, Church Stretton SY6 7LQ on Sunday 19th June from 2 - 6 pm.  £6 for adults
6m W of Much Wenlock; For SatNav, please use postcode SY5 6LF.
>From A458 Shrewsbury to Bridgnorth Rd turn off at Harley and follow signs to Kenley & Church Preen. From B4371 Much Wenlock to Church Stretton Rd go via Hughley to Church Preen.

Rodgersias, Primula japonica, Rhododendron pontica and magnificent yews and cedars create a noble setting on the banks which fall away from the former manor house, beside pools and stream. The formal gardens include a pretty cottage garden, chess garden, pebble garden and woodland garden. Small potager and orchard. Extensive walks in the adjacent woodlands, lovely views. Some of the present garden is a re-creation of the old Victorian garden and some built amongst the ruins of the Cluniac cell that stood here from 1150 - 1850. The present house is the third to be built on this historic site. The monastic buildings were demolished in 1850 to make way for a large Victorian manor house designed by Norman Shaw which was demolished in 1920. The present house has old origins and has been extended. Featured in The English Garden Magazine May 2020
Home made teas.  
More dates for your diary:
A bumper crop of gardens will be open in the coming week:

Wednesday 22nd June:
1 MOUNT PLEASANT COTTAGES, Lockley Wood, Market Drayton TF9 2LS - a new garden

Thursday 23rd June:
WHITCOTT HALL, Whitcott Keysett, Clun SY7 8QE - a new garden

Friday 24th June:
AVOCET, 3 Main Road, Plealey SY5 0UZ
CHERITON, Main Road, Plealey SY5 0UY

Saturday 25th June:
Steventon New Road, Ludlow, SY8 1JZ

Sunday 26th June:
HODNET HALL GARDENS, Hodnet, Market Drayton TF9 3NN

We regret to say that The Albrighton Trust & Moat Garden and Horatio's Garden will NOT be open on Sunday 26th June

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
Don't forget that many of the gardens featured in the newsletter, and more besides,  can be visited by arrangement throughout the season.  Click here for more details.
The National Garden Scheme has been supporting Parkinson's UK since 2012, donating over £1 million in that time to help drive better care, treatments and quality of life for those living with Parkinson's. 
If you are feeling energetic, the Shrewsbury branch of Parkinson's UK are holding a sponsored walk along the River Severn on Sunday 11th September to raise funds for their vital research into this debilitating disease for which there is currently no cure.  Find out more here