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.
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.
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.