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Photos from Gardeners’ World Live, Birmingham NEC, 2011

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All photos are copyright Northamptonshire Gardens 2011

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Bank holiday gardens: what’s opening just as the weather turns

Wrest Park House & Gardens, Silsoe, Luton, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HS

JUST down the A6 past Bedford is Wrest Park, a glorious stately home and gardens which you’ll be hearing much more about soon.

But this weekend on May 28, 29 and 30, there’s an enormous garden show with over 100 exhibitors.

The Wrest Park Garden Show is open 10am-5.30pm each day and the (not inconsiderable) admission price of £6.50/5.50/4.50 includes access to the vast gardens. English Heritage members get in half price and under 5s go free.

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NGS openings this Bank Holiday weekend

SEVERAL gardens are open for the National Gardens Scheme in Northamptonshire this weekend.

They are:

Sunday May 29, 2-6pm. Charlton Gardens, Banbury, Northamptonshire, OX17 3DR. Teas and plants for sale.

The Cottage
Home Farm House
Walnut House
The Croft
8 Cartwright Road
Holly House

Sunday May 29, 2-5.30. Turweston Gardens, Brackley, Northamptonshire, NN13 5JY, open. Teas and plants for sale.

Four large and lovely gardens are open.

Versions Farm
Oatleys Hall
Turweston House
Turweston Mill

Sunday and Monday, May 29-30, 2-6pm, Tile House Farm, Finmere, Northamptonshire, MK18 4AS

This is the ‘home’ garden of Tile House Plants. Lovely teas and plants for sale.

Monday, May 30, between 11am-5pm, you can see a new addition to the NGS calendar. Foxtail Lilly, Oundle, Northamptonshire, PE8 4BP, which has teas available. Featured in the gardening press.

Finally, how about Titchmarsh House, Northamptonshire, NN14 3DA which will be open on Monday, May 30, 2-6pm.

This is the home of Sir Ewan and Lady Harpur, and is a 4.5 acre plot developed over almost 40 years.  Enjoy!

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And the Queen approved too. Chelsea Flower Show photos from Monday’s press day

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Northants Gardens got the chance to visit Chelsea Flower Show on Monday, press day. This is when the judging takes place and the press are booted out at 3.30pm before the Royal Family visits and a gala dinner takes place.

Cleve West’s Daily Telegraph Garden took Best in Show, as many designers battled with weather that for once, was actually too good. Plants were at least two weeks ahead of schedule and some last-minute changes had to be made. All in all a beautiful day, blessed with sunny weather while back in Northants there were welcome downpours.

Here’s a few photos from the plant pavilion and show gardens. If you have a chance to visit Chelsea this week, let us know what you think.

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Northants Gardens at Chelsea Flower Show



Northants Gardens is in the press tent at chelsea. The hacks and supposed are discussing the quality of celebrity, rather than the gardens. Gwyneth Paltrow was lovely, apparently, but the scrum of snappers made it hard to see anything. On the more important garden front, NG rather likes the planting on LuciAno’s Perrier garden, and some how even likes B&Q’s tower block.

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