The fine weather looks set to continue so now is the time to visit the wonderful gardens we have on offer this week, resplendent with late summer colour. If you are fortunate enough to have tickets for the Shrewsbury Flower Show, open on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August, do come and visit us in the Severn Marquee where we will have volunteers manning the stand to answer any questions you may have about what we do and why. If you have ever considered opening your own garden to help us raise funds for our vital charities or would like to volunteer with us, we would love to meet you.
On Saturday 13th August: MOAT HALL, Annscroft, Shrewsbury SY5 8AX will be opening from 12 noon to 5 pm. Take the Longden road from Shrewsbury to Hook a Gate. Our lane is 2nd on R after Hook a Gate & before Annscroft. Single track lane for ½m. Admission for adults £5
1 acre garden around an old farmhouse within a dry moat which can be walked around. Well organised and extensive kitchen garden, fruit garden and orchard for self-sufficiency. Colourful herbaceous borders; stumpery; many interesting stone items including troughs, cheese weights, staddle stones some uncovered in the garden. Home made teas. Dogs welcome. Wheelchair accessible.
On Sunday 14th August DELBURY HALL WALLED GARDEN, Delbury Hall Estate, Mill Lane, Diddlebury SY7 9DH opens its gates again between 10 am and 5 pm. Follow the B4368 to Diddlebury. Drive into village; the entrance to the Walled Garden is on R 300 metres past St Peter's church. Admission for adults £5. 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 (www.myndhardyplants.co.uk) 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. Wheelchair accessible.
Also on Sunday 14th August, THE FERNS, Newport Street, Clun SY7 8JZ will be open from 12 noon to 6 pm. Enter Clun from Craven Arms.Take 2nd R signed into Ford St. At T-junction turn R for parking in the Memorial Hall car park (100 yds). Retrace steps to T junction. The Ferns is on L. Admission for adults £5. A formal village garden of ¾ acre, approached via a drive lined with crab apple and pear trees. On the right is the autumn garden, giving fine views of the surrounding hills. From the front courtyard garden a path leads through double herbaceous borders full of late summer colour, to further rooms, of yew, beech and box. There is also a rear courtyard with tender exotics, a lily pond and statuary. Dogs welcome. Some parts of the garden are wheelchair accessible. Refreshments available in the village at the River Cafe and the Malthouse.
Children are admitted for free to all Shropshire NGS gardens.
Don't forget that many of these gardens, and more besides, are open by arrangement throughout the season. Find out more here.
More dates for your diary:
Wednesday 17th August GOLDSTONE HALL GARDENS, Goldstone, Market Drayton, TF9 2NA open from 12 noon to 5 pm
Sunday 21st August EDGE VILLA, Edge, Nr Yockleton, Shrewsbury SY5 9PY open from 2 - 5 pm
You can find out more about these gardens on our website here.
Originally set up in 1927 to support district nurses, the National Garden Scheme now raises millions of pounds for nursing and health charities each year. We also support charities doing amazing work in gardens and health, grant bursaries to help community gardening projects and support gardeners at the start of their career.
In 2021, we donated over £3 million, and despite the challenges of the year, 90p in every £1 raised at the open gardens went straight to our beneficiaries. Our main beneficiaries are: