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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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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. 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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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 Open Gardens for the NGS May 8

YOU have to hand it to those hardy gardeners who open their private plots to raise money for the NGS. It’s been the driest start to spring on record and they’ve probably been watering more than weeding. Whatever happened to those April showers?

This Sunday, May 8, you can visit two villages who are opening their gardens for the NGS.

A hugely popular open event is for the nine gardens at Spratton, just north of Northampton, which are open on Sunday between 11am-5pm. Spratton Gardens, Spratton, Northamptonshire, NN6 8HL usually attracts hundreds of visitors, and entry is just £5 for all the gardens.

Waltham Cottage

The gardens are:

The Stables
Mulberry Cottage
The Granary
Waltham Cottage
11 High Street
Spratton Grange Farm
Dale House
Forge Cottage
Virginia Cottage

Spratton has a mixture of different types of houses and gardens, some dating back to the 17th century and some very modern. The gardens too are a mixture of formal and informal, with ancient trees and new vegetable plots jostling for attention.

Several of the gardens have wonderful views over rolling countryside. There are eight in the centre of the village and the ninth, and largest, was created from a farm. As usual, there will be teas and cakes at St Andrew’s Church and one of the gardens will be hosting a massive plant sale.  

Also open on Sunday are Islip Gardens, Islip, nr Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 3JY which includes a new opening at Headmaster’s House.
This ancient village features a mixture of gardens, with teas and plants for sale. The featured gardens, all open between 12noon and 5pm, are:

8 Lowick Road
Manor Farm
30 Lowick Road
Headmasters House

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