Monday, 27 June 2022

NGS gardens open, including Brownhill House!

Message from NGS Shroppshire publicity.

July is almost upon us and our gardens continue to delight us with their colourful displays.  We have an old favourite opening mid-week and then another five gardens for you to enjoy at the weekend. 
BROWNHILL HOUSE, Ruyton XI Towns, SY4 1LR will open again on Tuesday 28th June from 10 am to 6.30 pm.  Adm for adults £5.  Pre-booking essential.
9m NW of Shrewsbury on B4397.  On the B4397 in the village of Ruyton XI Towns.
 "A surprise around each corner and a touch of eccentricity."  Within the constraints of the steep slope, the garden has been laid out to provide as many different styles and features as possible, from the formality of paved terraces to a woodland path.  A unique 2 acre hillside garden with many steps (over 700 at the last count) and levels bordering River Perry.  There are over 450 different varieties of shrub and trees as well as many hundreds of wild and cultivated herbaceous plants, some 15 types of fruit and nuts and there is a partially walled vegetable garden and two glasshouses on the top level.  Kit cars on show.
Refreshments available.

48 BRAMBLE RIDGE, Bridgnorth, WV16 4SQ will open on Saturday 2nd July from 11 am to 5 pm.  Adm. £6 for adults.
From Bridgnorth N on B4373 signed Broseley.
1st on R Stanley Ln, 1st R Bramble Ridge. From Broseley S on B4373, nr Bridgnorth turn L into Stanley Ln, 1st R Bramble Ridge.

Steep cottage-style garden with many steps; part wild, part cultivated, terraced in places and overlooking the Severn valley with views to High Rock and Queens Parlour. The garden features shrubs, perennials, wildlife pond, summerhouse and, in the wilderness area, wildflowers, fruit trees and a sandstone outcrop. 
Refreshments at 16 Bramble Ridge.  

CRUCKFIELD HOUSE, Shoothill, Ford, Shrewsbury SY5 9NR will also be open on Saturday 2nd July from 2 - 5 pm.  Adm £6 for adults.
5m W of Shrewsbury. A458 from Shrewsbury, turn L towards Shoothill.
An artist's romantic 3 acre garden, formally designed, informally and intensively planted with a great variety of unusual herbaceous plants. Nick's garden, with many species trees, shrubs and wildflower meadow, surrounds a large pond with bog and moisture-loving plants. Ornamental kitchen garden. Rose and peony walk. Courtyard fountain garden, large shrubbery and extensive clematis collection Extensive topiary, and lily pond.
Refreshments sold in aid of Royal Shrewsbury Hospital League of Friends.
RUTHALL MANOR, Ditton Priors, Bridgnorth WV16 6TN will once again be opening on both Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July from 12.30 to 5 pm.  Pre-booking preferred please.  Adm. £5 for adults.  7m SW of Bridgnorth.  At Ditton Priors Church take road signed Bridgnorth. then 2nd L. Garden 1m.
Ruthall Manor sits beautifully within the stunning Shropshire countryside. Set against the Clee, the 1- acre garden is defined by an unusual and mature collection of architectural trees, which subtly divide the garden into intimate sections. These areas are carefully linked by winding paths and creative use of colour combinations. Shape and texture are further balanced with delicate planting schemes and rare or distinctive plants. The stumpery and woodland gardens reveal rare specimen trees, curious artifacts and many hidden treasures.Addition this year a view point for Medieval Village Site showing base of ancient Dovecote in the orchard.
Refreshments. Jigsaw puzzle sale. Wheelchair access to most parts.  Dogs welcome. 
The garden at 2 SCHOOL COTTAGES, Hook-a-Gate, Shrewsbury SY5 8BQ will open once again on Sunday 3rd July from 12 to 4.30 pm.  Adm for adults £5.  From B4380 Roman Rd in Shrewsbury by cemetery take the Longden Rd island. 1.8m past schools continue to the village of Hook-a-Gate. Garden is on L past Hill Side Nursery. Parking at Nursery.Delights and surprises at every turn and a little oriental mystic. Interest as soon as you enter the property, from little nooks and crannies to fabulous views towards Wales. Combination of sunken garden, borders galore and numerous water features. Woodland walk and specimen trees. Self sufficient veg, fruit, pigs and chickens all in a 3 acre site on an incline. Alterations since 2019
Refreshments available.  Dogs welcome.
UPPER MARSHES, Catherton Common, Hopton Wafers nr. Kidderminster, SY14 0JJ will also be opening on Sunday 3rd July from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm   Adm. £5 for adults
3m NW of Cleobury Mortimer. From A4117 follow signs to Catherton. Property is on Common land 100yds at end of track.
Commoner's stone cottage and 3 acre small holding. 800' high. Garden has been developed to complement its unique location on edge of Catherton common with herbaceous borders, vegetable plot, herb garden. Short walk down to a spring fed wildlife pond. Plenty of seats to stop and take in the tranquillity. Optional circular walk across Wildlife Trust common to SSI field. Various animals and poultry.  The garden continually evolves and has a new greenhouse, potting shed and prairie dry bed for 2022 . Extensive vegetable plot, chemical free .Good selection of plants available on the plant stall many raised from cuttings and divisions of plants in the garden .
Refreshments available. Home made cakes a speciality.
More dates for your diary:
For those of you who like to plan ahead:

Wednesday 6th July:
1 Mount Pleasant Cottages, Lockleywood, Market Drayton, TF9 2LS 12 - 5 pm
Goldstone Hall Gardens, Goldstone, Market Drayton, TF9 2NA 12 - 5 pm

Friday 8th July:
12 Colley Close, Shrewsbury SY2 5YN.  Evening opening 4 - 9 pm

Sunday 10th July:
Sambrook Manor, Sambrook, Newport TF10 8AL  12 - 5 pm

Sunday 10th and Monday 11th July:

Lower Brookshill, Shelve, Minsterley, SY5 0JW  1 - 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
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 is Macmillan's longest standing partner. We've donated almost £18 million since our partnership began in 1984. In 2021 we donated £500,000.
Lynda Thomas, CEO Macmillan Cancer Support says:
We are so proud to be celebrating our 35th anniversary with the National Garden Scheme this year. As our longest standing partner, the National Garden Scheme makes a considerable difference to the lives of people living with cancer. The vital money they raise through garden visits will help us to open the doors of the new Y Bwthyn NGS Specialist Palliative Care unit, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, later this year. Visiting gardens really does change lives and we look forward to working together for many more years to come.',
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