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NGS Opening Sunday August 14 Hollowell

Sunday August 14 sees the new summer opening of Hollowell Gardens just north of Northampton, NN6 8RR (for those sat navs).


The three gardens are open between 11am-3pm, and feature a plantsman’s garden, orchards and vegetables, a model railway and a traditional garden with a lily pond dating back to the 1930s. There will be plants for sale and of course, delicious tea and cake.


The gardens are:

Ivy Cottage


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No NGS gardens open this week, but look out for Hollowell and the new opening of Wrest Park near Bedford

Apologies for Northamptonshire Gardens’s absence in recent days – school holidays and a lack of openings to talk about to blame.

There are no openings this week for the NGS, but diary Sunday August 14 as it sees the new summer opening of Hollowell Gardens just north of Northampton, NN6 8RR (for those sat navs).

The three gardens are open between 11am-3pm, and feature a plantsman’s garden, orchards and vegetables, a model railway and a traditional garden with a lily pond dating back to the 1930s. There will be plants for sale and of course, delicious tea and cake.

The gardens are:

Ivy Cottage


Wrest Park Gardens now open.

Also now open for those who enjoy a stroll around a country estate is the magnificent Wrest Park near Bedford (MK45 4HR).

This amazing garden is being lovingly restored in several styles by English Heritage and there’s plenty to see for all the family. It’s not been open to the public for many years and is a welcome addition to the magnificent collection of gardens in the Midlands. Open Thursday-Monday, 10-6 until October. Visit Wrest Park for further information.

Northamptonshire Gardens will be posting more about the renovation project soon.

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Coton Manor holds special evening opening for British Red Cross

Coton Manor Gardens will be opening the garden on the evening of Tuesday, 2nd August from 6.30 – 8.30 pm in aid of the Northamptonshire Branch of the British Red Cross.

The entrance price of £10 will include a glass of wine and light refreshments …. and hopefully the opportunity to enjoy the garden in the early evening light.

The gardens are also open to the public noon-5.30, Tuesday to Saturday.


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Open gardens in Northants, July 10, 2011

If you didn’t get Grand Prix tickets and fancy something a little quieter, open for the NGS charity this Sunday are the historic gardens at Castle Ashby Gardens, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7 1LQ, between 10am and 5.30pm.

Castle Ashby has 25 acres within its 10,000 acre estate just off the Bedford Road, with formal and informal gardens including an orangery, lakes and arboretum, dating back 150 years. Teas and plants for sale!

Also open are the lovely private gardens at Ravensthorpe Gardens, Ravensthorpe, Northamptonshire, NN6 8ES, open on Sunday between 1-5pm.

There are five interesting gardens open in Ravensthorpe including a plant nursery, woodland walks, vegetable and fruit gardens, roses and wonderful views.

Ravensthorpe Nursery
Mill House
The Old Forge House
Quiet Ways

Home-made teas at the village hall.

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Open gardens in Northamptonshire, with several new to NGS, July 3, 2011

Four sets of gardens to visit this Sunday, including two new groups and one large garden new to the NGS this year.

A new addition is the gardens at Arthingworth Open Gardens, Arthingworth, nr Market Harborough, Northamptonshire, LE16 8LA open Sunday July 2, between 2-6pm.

There are seven gardens open varying in size and style.

They are:

11 Oxendon Road
Bosworth House
2 Agricultural Cottages
The Gate House
Orchard House
The Laurels
The Willows

There will be tea and cakes and plants for sale.

Also open on Sunday July 3 is Bulwick Gardens, Bulwick, Northamptonshire, NN17 3DZ where you’ll find  three impressive gardens.

The Shambles
19 Church Lane
Bulwick Hall

There’s teas at the Hall and some amazing views. Plus lots of fuchsias for sale!

Another new NGS opening is Hostellarie, Desborough, Northamptonshire, NN14 2PT open on Sunday July 3, 2-6pm.

This long garden of many parts has been developing over 40 years and features a huge range of planting including a collection of over 30 hostas. Teas, cakes and plants for sale.

Finally another new group is Moulton (West), Moulton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 7SW where you’ll find nine gardens of differing sizes and uses. Open 11am-5pm, with teas and plants for sale.

The Nymph’s Rose Garden
10 Boughton Road
9 Parade Bank
33 Boughton Road
Moulton College
Moulton Allotment Association
8 Boughton Road
Baytree Cottage
Gallery West Street

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Sunshine and showers as gardens open across Northants, June 24-26, 2011

Lots of gardens open this weekend, and  don’t forget there’s also the Cottesbrooke Plant Finder’s Fair running Friday to Sunday.

Opening on Saturday evening to make the most of the longest days, June 25, 7-10pm  and during the day on Sunday, 2-6pm will be West Haddon Gardens, Northamptonshire, NN6 7AP

Eight private gardens will be open ranging from small courtyards to a garden with a croquet lawn! Teas available.

Lime House
The Mews
Clover Cottage
Townley Barn
Weslyan Cottage
The Crown Courtyard
16 Field Close
11 Field Close

Open Sunday June 26, 2-6pm, are Finedon Gardens, Northamptonshire, NN9 5JN.

Visitors will see three very different gardens all with lots on show and there are teas and plants for sale. The gardens opening are:

67-69 High Street
24 Albert Road
11 Thrapston Road

A glorious three-acre garden, Flore Fields, Northamptonshire, NN7 4JX opens between 2-5.30pm on Sunday, June 26.

Owned by Lady Catherine Morton, the estate has specimen trees, box hedging and many fine roses.

The Menagerie, Horton, Northamptonshire, NN7 2BX   is open on Sunday from 2-6pm.

It’s s a rare opportunity to see this unique, quirky and beautiful private garden. There will be teas and plants for sale, and be aware that this is one of the more expensive openings, at £8, but going to the NGS to help charities.

It has little follies, like Hobbit houses hidden in the greenery, a large walled garden with fountain and climbers, plus stunning views and varied planting. The Menagerie was once, literally, a zoo and folly on the estate of the former Horton House, once home to Henry VIII’s sixth wife Catherine Parr.


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Northamptonshire Gardens open for the NGS, June 18-19, 2011

Lots of gardens open this weekend for charity, aided by a splash or two of rain in recent days. Enjoy!

Open Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, 2011

Canons Ashby House, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 3SD, open 11am-5pm .

Home to the Dryden family, The National Trust owns this large historic house and an ambitious garden restoration project is underway. Teas and plants for sale.

The Maltings, Clipston, Northamptonshire, LE16 9RS open 2-6pm.

Plantsman’s garden near Market Harborough which generously opens its doors to visitors throughout the season to show seasonal highlights. Home-made teas.

Flore Gardens, Flore, Northamptonshire, NN7 4LQ, open 11am-6pm both days.

Ten lovely private gardens including two new to the NGS this year. Lunches, teas and plants for sale.

The gardens opening are:

The Croft
24 Bliss Lane
Bliss Lane Nursery
The Old Bakery
Stone Cottage
The Garden House
17 The Crescent
Bertha’s Patch
Russell House
20 Brockhall Road

Open Sunday June 19th

Cedar Farm, Desborough, Northamptonshire, NN14 2QD, open 1-6pm.

A three-acre garden with seven-acre arboretum, secret garden and water features. Teas and plants for sale.
Long Buckby Gardens, Northamptonshire, NN6 7RE, open 1-6pm.

Four lovely and very different village gardens, including one on the old windmill site and one which is fully organic. Teas and plants for sale.

45 Brington Road
Mill House
Ashmore House

Sulgrave Gardens, Banbury, Northamptonshire, OX17 2RP, open 2-6pm.

Seven pretty gardens including two new to the NGS this year. Very varied sizes and styles, including vegetables and herbs, a large garden and arboretum, new allotments and a contemporary garden designed by Northamptonshire’s own designer-in-a-hat James Alexander Sinclair, which is set around an ancient mill and pond. Plants and teas for sale too.

The Herb Society Garden at Sulgrave Manor
Rectory Farm
Mill Hollow Barn
The Watermill
Sulgrave Allotments
Also open on Sunday from 10am-6pm is The Old Rectory, Sudborough, Northamptonshire, NN14 3BX

This is a beautiful, classic English country garden of three-acres with arched walkways and formal gardens by Rosemary Verey. Teas and plants for sale.


Finally there’s Weedon Lois & Weston Gardens, Northamptonshire, NN12 8PJ open on Sunday from 2-5.30.

Five gardens with stunning views and varying styles, set in a classic English village with wonderful history. Teas and plants for sale.

Home Close
Old Barn
The Wilde House Garden
Ridgeway Cottage
Lois Weedon House

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Looking for a garden to visit? Northamptonshire Gardens open Sunday June 12

LOOKING for something to do this weekend, apart from water your own garden?

The National Gardens Scheme sees private gardens open for charity. Pay a few quid, see some plants, drink tea, eat cake. What a great idea.

Badby and Newnham Gardens, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 3AR open Sun June 12 (2-6pm).

Six gardens in two small villages. In Badby, three such houses, one opening for the first time, show differing styles of cottage gardens.

In Newnham, there is a three-acre organic garden around a picturesque C17 thatched cottage with lawns, densely planted borders, vegetable and cutting garden and paddocks with feature trees and, also opening for the first time, the garden of a garden designer with pools, herbaceous borders, vegetables and herbs developed as rooms among mature trees.

Shakespeares Cottage
The Lilacs
Southview Cottage
The Banks


Farthinghoe Gardens, Farthinghoe, Brackley, Northamptonshire, NN13 5NZ Open Sun June 12 (2-6pm).

Four gardens each with its own character in a pretty stone built village.

Windy Ridge
The Old Rectory
Folly Cottage
The Old Rectory Stable House


Harpole Gardens, Harpole, Northamptonshire, NN7 4BX open Sunday 1-6pm.

Best known for its annual scarecrow festival (2nd weekend September) and delicious strawberries!

The Old Dairy
Brytten-Collier House
Orchard Cottage
30 High Street
19 Manor Close
The Close


Kilsby Gardens, Kilsby Village, Northamptonshire, CV23 8XP open Sunday 1-5pm

Kilsby was the site of one of the first skirmishes of the Civil War in 1642 and also gave its name to Stephenson’s nearby lengthy rail tunnel built in the 1830s.

Five attractive gardens within the village with very different characters. In one a C19 reservoir was discovered during creation of a new herbaceous bed.  Some of the gardens open alternate years ensuring variety.  New garden opening for the first time this year and always plants for sale.

Rainbow’s End
Moathouse Farm
5 The Lawns
6A Essen Lane
Pytchley House

Top Lodge, Glendon, nr Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 1QL open 1.30-5pm on Sunday.

Large garden with some rare and unusual shrubs plus a good selection of climbing roses and clematis. Woodland area, pond with stream and waterfalls, gravel, secluded garden and a children’s garden
Wappenham Gardens, Northamptonshire, NN12 8SJ, near Towcester, open Sunday 2-5.30pm.

Unspoilt rural stone, brick-built village. Interesting church with C13 tower and unusual C17 clock. Village includes several Gilbert Scott buildings

Pittams Farm
Stone Cottage
The Laurels
Wappenham Manor
Home Farm

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Open Gardens in Northamptonshire, Sunday June 5

APOLOGIES, but Northamptonshire Gardens has been a little slack this week and forgot to post this weekend’s gardens. Hopefully we’re not too late and you can visit these lovely gardens, all open on Sunday, June 5th, some new to the NGS scheme.



NN9 5JN. 2m NE of Wellingborough. 6m SE Kettering, A6/A510 junction. Home-made teas 67-69 High Street. Adm £2.50, chd free. Sun 5, 26 June (2-6).




The village has a varied history dating from Roman times and evolving through farming, ironstone mining, shoe and leather manufacturing. An ancient parish church with a collection of ‘green men’ and many other historical buildings. All three gardens are very different – everything from vegetables to flowers on show. Large selection of home-raised plants for sale -all proceeds for NGS.

NN3 9HA. 3m E of Northampton. off A4500. Home-made teas

Combined adm £4, chd free. Sun 5 June (2-6).





The village is listed in the Domesday Book and parts still retain the old atmosphere with the C12 church of St Andrew and the old rectory. At one time the Elwes family owned almost the whole village. They lived in Billing Hall, sadly demolished in 1956. Today the only tangible links are The Elwes Arms, Elwes Way and Lady Winefride’s Walk. One garden is in the conservation area, which is predominately stone-built. A short walk away, across open parkland by the church; the other gardens are in a recent development, in the grounds of the old Hall. Behind conventional facades lie unexpected delights. In one you could imagine being on a beach, another is formal, with clipped hedges and a cricket pavilion. One has a series of garden rooms around old farm buildings. A warm welcome awaits. Regret no wheelchair access at Plantation House.
NEW HOSTELLARIE, 78 Breakleys Road, Desborough NN14 2PT.. 6m N of Kettering. 5m S of Market Harborough. Signed from centre of Desborough. Home-made teas incl gluten free. Adm £2.50, chd free. Suns 5 June; 3 July (2-6).

Long town garden, divided into rooms of different character, courtyard, cottage garden, Japanese walk, fruit and vegetable area, all linked by lawns and grass paths. Ponds, water features and a collection of over 35 different hostas, of all sizes, in beds and containers.


NEW KARELL HOUSE, 16, Belfry Lane, Collingtree Park, Northampton NN4 0PB. 1.9m E J15 M1 Northamptonshire. Exit J15 of M1, head towards Northampton on A508, pass Hilton Hotel on L. Follow sign to Collingtree Park Golf Course, L onto winding Brook Lane, 3rd R onto Turnberry Lane, 1st R onto Belfrey Lane. Adm £3, chd free. Suns 5 June; 21 Aug (12-5).

Constantly evolving garden adjacent to the Collingtree Park Golf Course with Wootton Brook at the bottom of the garden which consists of mixed borders full of hostas, tree peonies and many old favourites also some rare and unusual plants surrounded by well manicured lawns. River bank not suitable for wheelchairs.



Litchborough NN12 8JQ. 10m SW of Northampton, nr Towcester. Please use car park nr village green. Maps provided. Home-made teas in Villlage Hall. Combined adm £4, chd free. Sun 5 June (2-6).






A small attractive ironstone village within conservation area, listed buildings and C13 church. 6 gardens of diverse size and interest. Lawns, ornamental lakes with rhododendrons and azaleas. Cottage garden with well, summerhouse and walled herb garden. 300yr-old cottage with modern cottage garden developed over the past 10yrs, landscape architects’ country garden designed for low maintenance, mixed terrace garden with some work still in progress. Wildlife pond and patio with pots and containers and a small garden with shrubs, rockery and productive vegetable garden.

Oundle PE8 5AT. National Trust. 01832 205358. 5m SW of Oundle, 3m E of Brigstock. Signed off A427 & A6116. Adm £5, chd free. For other opening times and information, please phone or see garden website. For NGS – Sun 5 June (10.30-5).

One of England’s oldest garden landscapes, abandoned in 1605 after family involvement in the Gunpowder Plot, Lyveden still retains original terraces, prospect mounts, canals and the impressive garden lodge built to symbolise the Treshams’ Catholic faith. Recently replanted 5-acre orchard of pre-C17 tree varieties. Garden tour 2pm.



Daventry NN11 3TF.6m SW of Daventry. 13m NE of Banbury. 3m N of Canons Ashby. Home-made teas at Old West Farm. Homemade light lunches served 12-2, cakes and teas all day. Adm £4, chd free. Sun 5 June (12-5).






Little Preston.  ¾m E of Preston Capes.



Little Preston.. ¾m E of Preston Capes.

Seven varied gardens in a beautiful south Northamptonshire ironstone village mostly with wonderful views. Gardens range from small contemporary to large extensive with woodland walk and ponds.


NOT open for the NGS, but for church funds, is CREATON Gardens, near Northampton, also open on Sunday June 5.

FOR the 16th year in a row the villagers of Creaton will be throwing open their garden gates to share their pride in their village and pleasure in their plots.
The beer tent and barbecue on The Green are always popular, and there will be a jazz band and a traction engine for those who are less inclined to wander amid the petunias and potatoes. Among an interesting variety of stalls will be the Northamptonshire Beekeepers Association’s observation

There will be somewhere to sit and savour teas and a wonderful array of home-made cakes.

Entry to the gardens is only £3.50, and children under 16 go free.

Barbecue and Jazz Band from 12 noon, gardens open at 1pm. Songs of Praise at 6:30pm in St Michael’s and All Angels.

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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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