Monthly Archives: April 2011

Gardens open for NGS in Northants May Bank Holiday

Some lovely gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme this Royal Wedding/May Bank Holiday weekend.

On Sunday, May 1, between 11am-5pm you can visit five private gardens at Great Brington Gardens, Great Brington, Northamptonshire, NN7 4JJ   with all its royal connections to boot.

Open this year are:

Brington Lodge
The Old Rectory
Rose Cottage
8 Bedford Cottages
The Stables
There are gardens large and small, plus the added bonus of teas and cakes and plants for sale.

For two days you can support the cause via the glorious Evenley Wood Garden, Evenley, Brackley, Northamptonshire, NN13 5SH  open 11am-5pm, Sunday May 1 & 2.

Set in 60 acres and created by Timothy Whiteley over 30 years, this is a stunning wildlife garden with hundreds of plants and a glorious walk.

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If your free time is extended, try Coton Manor Garden, Guilsborough, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6 8RQ   which is open for the NGS on Tuesday, May 3, between 12noon and 5.30.


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Gardens open for the NGS Easter Weekend – Northants

Not as many gardens open this weekend as you might expect, but we’ve been blessed with glorious weather and may have to spend our free time watering!

If you’d like to visit a garden this weekend, then the following are open:

 The Maltings, Clipston, Northamptonshire, LE16 9RS on Saturday, April 23, 2-6pm, and Sunday and Monday April 24-25, 11am-6pm.

This sloping plantsman’s garden has been developed over 14 years and features mature trees, ponds, shrubs, spring bulbs and clematis. Home-made cakes and swings for the kids.

On Monday’s bank holiday, April 25, between 2-5pm, you can visit Great Addington Manor, Great Addington, Northamptonshire, NN14 4BH   A five-acre garden with formal terraces and lawns combined with a wild garden and spring planting, mature trees and water features. Lovely teas and plants for sale.

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Did you visit any gardens yet?

Do let us know if you’ve visited any Northamptonshire gardens yet, we’d love to hear your reviews. . .

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Northants NGS open gardens

The NGS open gardens scheme gets into full swing this weekend with several private gardens opening for charity. Open garden visiting is a real pleasure and as well as having a nose around, there are usually very good home-made teas and plants for sale.

This weekend’s events are as follows:

Flore Spring Gardens, Sunday April 17, 2-6pm

Five gardens of varying size, with flowers, fruit and vegetables. Teas available. Entry is £4, children go free.

3 Meadow Farm Close
Bliss Lane Nursery
The Croft
24 Bliss Lane
The Old Bakery

Flore is just outside Northampton, past junction 16 of the M1, on the road to Daventry.

Cottesbrooke Hall Gardens, Sunday 17, 2-5.30pm

Gorgeous large country house gardens in a stunning setting. While there are formal gardens around the house, don’t miss the ‘wild’ garden with a stream at the bottom and masses of primroses and bulbs. The gardens aren’t open that often and this is a wonderful time of year to visit.

Teas available. Admission is £5.50 adults and £2.50 kids

Litchborough Spring Gardens, Sunday April 17, 2-6pm

A very beautiful postcard English village, Litchborough has four gardens of various sizes open, including a 300-year old cottage and large landscaped gardens. Admission is £4.

Bruyere Court
Orchard House
4 Kiln Lane
The Hall

Litchborough is on the other side of the A5, between Daventry and Towcester

Briarwood, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, NN15 5AF, open Sunday April 17, 10am-3pm, admission £2.50

A new addition to the NGS scheme, Briarwood is in two parts with quirky sculptures, an S-facing lawn and borders with spring bulbs and blossom trees, mature hedging, palms, climbers and a fish and lily pond. There’s a secret garden with summerhouse, small orchard, raised bed potager, greenhouse and water feature.

Cakes and plants for sale.


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Coton Manor bluebells are out

If you want to see the stunning sight of masses of early bluebells, visit Coton Manor near Guilsborough, north of Northampton.

The gardens are wonderful, and the bluebell walk is a highlight right now.

There’s also a tea room and an excellent plant nursery. Say Hi to Caroline.

Open Tuesday to Sunday throughout April, 12noon to 5.30pm.

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Please send me details of gardens

I’ll be happy to publicise your open garden events, please feel free to email me

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Be right back . . .

I thought there should be a single site that people can go to find out about gardens in Northamptonshire. So this is going to be it.

Bear with me though, it’s early days. . .

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