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Open Gardens for Northamptonshire – June 2012

Open for the National Gardens Scheme in Northamptonshire in June

Evening Openings Thurs 14, 21, 28 June (5-8.30)

67-69 High Street Finedon, NN9 5JN

Constantly evolving, 1/3-acre rear garden of C17 cottage (not open). Mixed borders, many obelisks and containers, kitchen garden and herb bed, rope border. Summer borders rose/clematis pergolas; All giving varied interest from Feb through to Oct
Plant surgery by local expert. Bring along your plants or questions 

Opening dates and times: Evening Openings Thurs 14, 21, 28 June (5-8.30)

Admission:Adm £3.50, chd free

Facilities:   Disabled access, plants for sale

Refreshments:Light refreshments

Postcode:NN9 5JN :6m SE Kettering, J A6 & A510.


Sat 16, Sun 17 June (11-6)

Flore Gardens, Flore,  Northamptonshire,  NN7 4LQ

Description:Flore gardens have been open for many years as part of the Flore Flower Festival and the partnership with the NGS started in 1992. Flore is an attractive village with views over the upper Nene valley, a C12 Church and Victorian Chapel which are open in June with floral displays. We have a mix of gardens that provide interest throughout the yr and a selection of garden buildings, structures and seating providing opportunities to rest while admiring the gardens. There is planting that tolerates shade and areas for full sun. The June gardens incl formal and informal designs with lots of roses, clematis and many varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials, fruit, vegetables and herbs
Gardens open in association with Flore Flower Festival

Admission:Combined adm £5 June & July, chd free (share to Flore Flower Festival)

Gardens in this group:
20 Brockhall Road Sat 16, Sun 17 June (11-6)
24 Bliss Lane Open all dates
Bliss Lane Nursery Open all dates
Russell House Open all dates
The Croft Open all dates
The Garden House Sat 16, Sun 17 June (11-6)
The Old Bakery Open all dates

Facilities:  Teas and plants for sale

Refreshments:Home-made teas & lunches at Church & Chapel School Room (June/July

Location:7m W of Northampton. 2m W of J16 M1.
5m E of Daventry on A45. Garden map provided at official free car park

The Maltings, 10 The Green,  Clipston,  Northamptonshire,  LE16 9RS

Opening dates and times:Sat 16 June; Sun 17 June; (11-6)

Description: This sloping ¾-garden is now a plantsman’s haven. Purchased by the present owners in December 1996 the garden was mostly a boggy lawn with some good specimen trees. Building stables at the top of the hill necessitated a driveway being taken through the middle of the garden meaning a complete change. Shrubs were planted around the perimeter first, then came the productive area which has grown more extensive each year. Now two raised beds contain a variety of vegetables, with a greenhouse also for vegetables and two marvellous peach trees. Outside is a large variety of fruit trees and bushes. The perimeter was cleared to make a wild garden reached by steps and a bark path. Then came two ponds connected by a running stream followed by a change in the boggy lawn to form a bog garden with a large variety of cornus and salix amongst other unusual plants and shrubs. The other side of the drive looked dull and had a bad lawn so poles linked by heavy ropes were added for climbing roses behind which there is now a winding grass path through three shrubberies planted with unusual shrubs and perennials. There are now more than sixty different clematis and twenty different species roses in the garden. Also many unusual plants & shrubs, old and new trees together with a spring bulb area and a sunny patio and herb garden. There is plenty of seating areas to enjoy the homemade cakes, scones and teas served on our open days

Admission:Adm £3, chd free

Facilities:   Partial Disabled access, teas
Home-made & cream teas

Location:4m S of Market Harborough, 9m W of Kettering, 10m N Northampton.
From A14 take junction 2, A508 N. After 2m turn L for Clipston. 2 houses away from Old Red Lion


Opening Sat 16 June

Titchmarsh House, Chapel Street,  Titchmarsh,  NN14 3DA

Open 12-5pmAdmission:Adm £3, chd free

Facilities:  Disabled access, Home-made teas & Village Fete on 16 June

Description:4½-acres extended and laid out since 1972. Cherries, magnolias, herbaceous, irises, shrub roses, range of unusual shrubs, walled borders and ornamental vegetable garden

Location:2m N of Thrapston. 6m S of Oundle.  Exit A14 at A605 J, Titchmarsh signed as turning to E


Open Sunday June 17

Foxtail Lilly, 41 South Road,  Oundle,  PE8 4BP

Open 11am-6pm June 17

Description:A cottage garden where perennials and grasses are grouped creatively together amongst gravel paths, complementing one another to create a natural look. Some unusual plants and quirky oddities create a different and colourful informal garden. Lots of flowers for cutting, shop in barn. New meadow pasture turned into new cutting garden

Admission:Adm £4, chd free

Facilities: Teas and plants for sale, dogs welcome

Location:1m town centre.
From A605 at Barnwell Xrds take Barnwell Rd, 1st R to South Rd
click here for a map


The Old Rectory, Sudborough, NN14 3BX

Open 2pm-6pm June 17

Description:Classic 3-acre country garden with extensive herbaceous borders of unusual plants. Magnolias and cornus in spring, containers of bulbs and large plantings of tulips and daffodils, early rare hellebores. Formal rose circle and box edged potager designed by Rosemary Verey, woodland walk and pond alongside Harpers Brook

Admission:Adm £5, chd free

Facilities:  Disabled access, teas, plants for sale

Location:8m NE of Kettering.

Exit 12 off A14. Village just off A6116 between Thrapston & Brigstock


Weedon Lois & Weston Gardens, NN12 8PJ

Sun 17 June (2-5.30)

Description:Two adjacent villages in S Northants with a handsome medieval church in Weedon Lois. The extension churchyard contains the graves of the poets Dame Edith Sitwell and her brother Sacheveral who lived in Weston Hall. Weston has some fine stone houses incl Armada House, Weston Hall and a cluster of village centre farmhouses. Large beautiful garden with magnificent trees, a plantsmans garden, newly designed award winning garden and a charming cottage garden

Admission:Combined adm £4.50, chd free

Gardens in this group:
Home Close
Lois Weedon House
Old Barn
Ridgeway Cottage
The Wilde House Garden

Facilities:   Disabled access, at The Wilde House Garden, Ridgeway Cottage & Lois Weedon House only. Dogs welcome, Cream teas at Weston Community Centre

Location:7m W of Towcester. 7m N of Blackley.
Off A43


Friday June 22

Canons Ashby House, Cannons Ashby,  Daventry,  NN11 3SD

For NGS: Fri 22 June (11-5)

Description:Home of the Dryden family since C16. C18 London and Wise style garden enclosed by walls with fine topiary, paths and terraces. The garden has been restored using Sir Henry Drydens 1880 plans and features a fernery, reinstated beds and borders, seasonally planted to reflect Sir Henry’s Victorian tastes. Created by Edward Dryden from 1710 – 1717, the gardens at Canons Ashby in Northamptonshire are a rare surviving example of early 18th century garden design having. since defied the changes in taste which saw many contemporary gardens substantially altered. The London and Wise style design of descending terraces and axial paths, enclosed by stone walls and ornamented with fine topiary, still remains .Following a period of neglect during the 2oth century the house and gardens were acquired by the National Trust in the 1980s. Although much work was undertaken to restore the gardens to an acceptable standard of presentation, resources were limited and the more labour-intensive features of the garden were dispensed with.However, the garden is once again in a state of change since the commencement in 2008 of a four year restoration program aiming to reinstate the elaborate, decorative planting schemes present during the gardens’ Victorian heyday. Work has so far concentrated on recreating the bedding schemes once present on the top terraces, and the next stage of the project will be to replant soft fruit and decorative vegetables on the lower terraces in order to reveal the view currently obscured by inappropriate planting.

Admission:Adm £3.60, chd £2.05

Facilities:  Disabled access, teas, plants for sale

Contact:National Trust,  Telephone: 01327 861900

Location:12m NE of Banbury, 9m S of Daventry.
On unclassified rd between B4525 and A5. Follow NT signs
click here for a map



Evening Opening, Sat 23 June (7-10); and Sun 24 June (2-6)

West Haddon Gardens, NN6 7AP

Description:Traditional village with a mix of houses, many of which are listed, mainly brick but some local stone and thatch, with ages varying from C16 to modern. A few shops, 3 public houses, 2 with restaurants, school, village hall, church and chapel. An interesting mix of larger and smaller gardens, a large walled garden with rockeries, shrubbery, rose garden, herbaceous border, croquet lawn, courtyard with tubs, many ornaments, and mature trees. Two sheltered walled cottage gardens with terraces, decking, various levels, water features and a wide range of shrubs, a large very well stocked walled garden with many separate areas and features, a range of interesting ornaments, seating areas and vistas. A public house courtyard with C16 outbuildings, hanging baskets and window boxes, a small low maintenance garden with decking, pots and shrubs
Live music on Saturday evening

Admission:Combined adm £4, chd free

Gardens in this group:
16 Field Close
Clover Cottage
Lime House
The Crown Courtyard
The Mews
Weslyan Cottage

Facilities:   Teas, dogs welcome, disabled access

Location:10m NW of Northampton.  Off A428 between Rugby & Northampton, 4m E of M1 J18. Village now bypassed. Tickets and maps at all gardens


Sunday June 24

Aynho Gardens, Banbury, OX17 3BG

Sun 24 June (2-5.30)

Description:The village is an ancient settlement with a Stately home – Aynhoe Park – opening its gardens. This is a Grade I listed C17 Country House with grounds laid out by Capability Brown currently undergoing restoration. The house is in private ownership and this is a rare opportunity to visit. Other houses are Grade II listed and some have views over open countryside. The gardens vary in size and style with a mixture of romantic, cottage and formal

Admission: Combined adm £5, chd free

Gardens in this group:
Alms Cottages
Aynhoe Park
Friar’s Well
Old Dairy Cottage
Swallows House
The Grammar House
Yew Tree Cottage

Facilities:  Teas. Dogs welcome

6m SE of Banbury on B4100

Cedar Farm, Copelands Road,  Desborough, NN14 2QD

Sun 24 June (2-6)
Description:3-acre garden plus 7 acre beautiful walks through an arboretum containing many unusual trees leading to wildlife ponds, new avenue of quercus coccinea, vegetable garden, a mature avenue of lime trees, garden underplanted with spring bulbs, great autumn colour. Main garden large colour planted borders, Secret Garden with roses and clematis and a large mirror pond, many rare fowl Visitors also welcome by appt

Admission:Adm £3.50, chd free

Facilities:  Teas, plants for sale, disabled access

Location:6m N of Kettering, 5m S of Market Harborough, from A6.
Signed from centre of Desborough on NGS open day only

Litchborough Gardens, Litchborough, NN12 8JQ

24 June (2-6)

Admission:Combined adm £4, chd free (share to St Martins Church, Litchborough)

Description:Litchborough Gardens offer a wonderful, diverse selection of gardens varying in size from several acres to the more conventional small back garden. On show is a landscape architects country garden designed for low maintenance, a small family garden featuring a play area with willow tunnel and vegetable patch. Visit a modern cottage garden offering a wonderful display of tulips in the spring and spectacular views over the countryside and a large garden with clip yews, extensive woodland and winding walks through specimen trees and around the lake. Lastly, but most definitely not least, admire the ornamental lakes with rock stream and fountain and the rhododendrons, azaleas and herbaceous borders in this 3 acre landscape garden. A garden for every taste

Gardens in this group:

2 Kiln Lane 24 June (2-6)
41 Towcester Road 24 June (2-6)
51 Towcester Road  24 June (2-6)
Bruyere Court  24 June (2-6)
Orchard House 24 June (2-6)
The Hall Sun 1 Apr (2-6)

Facilities:  Teas, plants for sale, disabled access

Location:10m SW of Northampton, nr Towcester.
Please use car park nr village green. Maps provided


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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. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk. 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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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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