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Cheap (but good quality) plant sale at Coton Manor Gardens from 4/9/12

A quick message from Coton Manor Gardens, drops into our inbox, which we think is worth sharing because we know the plants are mostly ‘home-grown’ and good quality. Look for some good-sized perennials to get the best bang for your buck. We’ll be there, re-stocking NG’s disaster garden, neglected all this summer . . .

“We are holding our customary autumn plant sale which commences on Tuesday 4th September. All our plants will be discounted by 25% and because of a relatively poor season there is much more available than is normal for this time of the year.

We will look forward to seeing you during the next few weeks – our season and the plant sale end on Saturday 29th September.

With best wishes,
 Ian and Susie Pasley-Tyler”

Coton Manor Gardens are just north of Northampton, near Guilsborough, and there’s a lovely tea shop there too.

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Gardens open for the NGS in Northamptonshire in July 2012

Castle Ashby Gardens, NN7 1LQ

Open  Sun 8 July (10-5.30) Admission:Adm £5, chd £4.50 (chd U10 free)

Facilities:   Teas and plants for sale, disabled access (gravel paths in places) dogs welcome.

Location:6m E of Northampton, between Denton & Yardley Hastings.

Website:www.castleashbygardens.co.uk

Description:25-acres within a 10,000 acre estate of both formal and informal gardens, incl Italian gardens with orangery and arboretum with lakes, all dating back to the 1860s
Rare breed farmyard, tea-rooms and gift shop

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Hostellarie, 78 Breakleys Road,  Desborough,  Northamptonshire,  NN14 2PT

Opening dates and times: Sun 8 July (1.30-5.30)

Admission:Adm £2.50, chd free

Facilities:  Teas and plants for sale

Location:6m N of Kettering. 5m S of Market Harborough.

Description:Over 180ft long town garden divided into courtyard garden, colour themed flower beds, ponds and water features, cottage gardens, fruit and vegetable areas all linked by lawns and grass paths. Long town garden, which has seen many changes since the owners moved in over 40 years ago. Lawns and grass paths draw you through ‘rooms’ of different character, from the courtyard garden by the house to the wildlife pond at the bottom. Roses, clematis, and plenty of herbaceous perennials grow in the borders. The few vegetables grown are mainly hand-me-down heritage varieties grown by local gardeners for generations. Stella’s collection of Hostas, over thirty different varieties from the small sword-like ‘Kabitan’ to the large ‘Borwick Beauty’, are the pride of the garden.

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Moulton Gardens, NN3 7UX 

Opening dates and times: Sun 8 July (11-5)

Admission:Combined adm £5, chd free

Gardens in this group:
2 Eady Close
91 Park View
Courtrai
Quarrybank House
Rosearie-de-la-Nymph
Sandy Hill Farm
The Grange Garden
The Hanging Garden

Facilities:   Teas and plants for sale, disabled access, Home-made teas at WI hall, dogs welcome at some gardens

Location: Just N of Northampton.  Turn L off A43 at small r’about to Overstone Rd. Follow ‘one way’ in village centre to Church car park & The Grange car park (NN3 7UF) Further parking at garden No.6 up lane off Park View & E side of Park View (NN3 7UZ) Also from A508 via Broughton to Moulton. Follow ‘one way ‘ system to car park
Description:Moulton is a typical Northamptonshire village which has a distinctive character. There are many historic and visually interesting houses built from local stone. There are 8 beautiful gardens open to the east side of the village. These gardens vary from 3½ to ¼ acre. One garden incl a relaxing 2-acre woodland walk, another has the remains of a stream mill. Two gardens have only been re-established over the last 3yrs, but still are a blaze of colour, variety and interest. Overall, there is a good range of annual perennials, shrubs and fishponds, which will make an enjoyable and interesting visit. Dogs welcome at some gardens

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Ravensthorpe Gardens, NN6 8ES. Opening dates and times:Sun 15 July (1-5)

Admission:Combined adm £4, chd free

Gardens in this group:
Mill House
Quiet Ways
Ravensthorpe Nursery
The Old Forge House
Treetops

Facilities:  Teas, dogs welcome, disabled access

Location: 7m NW of Northampton. Signed from A5199 and the A428. Mill House immed on R as you turn off A428 down Long Lane. 1m from village.

Description:Attractive village in Northamptonshire uplands near to Ravensthorpe reservoir and Top Ardles Wood Woodland Trust which have bird watching and picnic opportunities. 5 very different established and developing gardens set in beautiful countryside displaying a wide range of plants, many of which are available from the Nursery, offering inspirational planting, quiet contemplation, beautiful views, gardens encouraging wildlife, fruit and vegetable gardens owned by Heritage Seed Library Guardian, rose garden and woodland walk

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Rookery Barn, Water Lane,  Bradden,  Towcester,  Northamptonshire,  NN12 8FG.

Opening dates and times: Thur 19, Fri 20, Sat 21 July (2-5)

Admission:Adm £3.50, chd free

Facilities:   Teas and plants for sale, dogs welcome

Location: 3m N of Towcester.  From Greens Norton take rd to Bradden. Follow signs L into Water Lane

Description:1/3 acre plantsman’s garden in picturesque village. Extensive range of plants, many unusual. Terracotta pots with rare tender perennials, gravel and courtyard garden leads to stunning herbaceous borders
Owner artist pictures on display and for sale. Specialist plant sale

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The Maltings, Clipston. LE16 9RS. Opening dates and times: Sat 21 July (2-6); Sun 22 July (11-6)

Admission:Adm £3, chd free

Facilities:   Teas, disabled access

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

Description:¾ acre sloping plantsman’s garden designed for yr round interest by the present owner. Many unusual plants, shrubs, old and new trees. Over 60 different clematis, wild garden walk, spring bulb area, over 30 different species roses, 2 ponds connected by a stream, bog garden. Fruit, vegetables and greenhouse. Swing and slide for children 

Disability information:Partial wheelchair access. Gravelled drive, some narrow paths & some steps

Further details: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 open days

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Bulwick Gardens,  NN17 3DZ. Opening dates and times: Sun 22 July (2-5)

Admission:Combined adm £3, chd free

Gardens in this group:
19 Church Lane
Bulwick Hall
The Shambles

Facilities:    Teas and plants for sale, dogs welcome, disabled access
Location: 10m SW of Stamford.  ½m off A43

Description:Unspoilt Northamptonshire stone conservation village. Interesting C14 church and PH. Bulwick Hall is a formal terraced 8 acre walled garden leading to river and island,50 metre double herbaceous borders, topiary, walled kitchen garden. C17 wrought iron gates, C19 orangery and C17 arcade.Peacocks and rare breed hens. 19 Church Lane is a small cottage garden with courtyard and water feature.The Shambles has an original village well, lawns, hedges and stone walls

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Froggery Cottage, 85 Breakleys Road,  Desborough,  Northamptonshire,  NN14 2PT. Opening dates and times:Sun 29 July (11.30-6.30)

Admission:Adm £2.50, chd free

Facilities:  Teas and plants for sale, disabled access, dogs welcome
Location: 6m N of Kettering. 5m S of Market Harborough. Signed off A6 & A14

Description:¾-acre plantsman’s garden full of rare and unusual plants. NCCPG Collection of 435 varieties of penstemons incl dwarfs and species. Artefacts on display incl old ploughs and garden implements
Workshops throughout the day

Further details:Plantsman’s garden set in the heart of Northamptonshire close to the historical Triangular Lodge and the Naseby battlefield and divided into separate rooms. Scree garden comprises hot plants such as agapanthus, yucca, phormium, watsonia, codonopsis etc. Water garden with Chinese bridge and various aquatic plants. Ornamental herb garden. 2008

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Northamptonshire Open Gardens, Sunday July 1, 2012 – Arthingworth and Finedon

Open this Sunday for the National Gardens Scheme:

Arthingworth Village Garden, just north of Kelmarsh, south of Market Harborough, LE16 8LA

Open:Sun 1 July (2-6)

Admission:Combined adm £5, chd free

Gardens in this group:

1 Church Farm Way

1 Sunnybank

10 Oxendon Road

11 Oxendon Road

2 Hall Close

3 Church Farm Way

Bosworth House

School House

Facilities: Some disabled access, Teas and plants for sale
Description:Arthingworth is a small village off the beaten track. It has a 12th century church, village hall, manor, pub and nearly 225 villagers, 16 of whom are welcoming you into their gardens. Many others will help on the day with the cakes, cream teas, coffee and parking. This year, there are 6 new gardens, all different in spirit, tended by young, and weathered gardeners, some with stunning views, some pocket gardens, some artisan, a couple of traditional with herbaceous borders, vegetable patches and orchard, and a futurist one. A day for all tastes

ALSO OPEN SUNDAY

Finedon Gardens, two miles north east of Wellingborough, Northants, NN9 5JN :Sun 1 July (2-6)

Admission:Combined adm £3, chd free

Gardens in this group:

11 Thrapston Road

24 Albert Road

29 Eastfield Crescent

67-69 High Street

 

Facilities: Disabled access, teas and plants for sale

Description: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. 24 Albert Road has an array of pots, containers and border plants and many cacti, boasting a period dolls house, gypsy caravan, patio and summerhouse. 67-69 High Street  is an ever evolving rear garden of1/3 acre of C17 cottage (not open). Mixed borders, many obelisks and containers. Planting for varied interest Spring to Autumn [see separate entry at 67-69 High Street]. 29 Eastfield Crescent This is a garden in 4 sections. Lawn with mixed borders and pond leading to paved area with containers, water feature and arbour seat. Fruit and vegetable garden with 2 greenhouses. Shady end section with borders and summerhouse. Front garden with varied hanging baskets and containers. 11 Thrapston Road  has a super cottage garden with mixed vegetable plot, soft fruit and apple trees, summer house and tree house.                    Large selection of home-raised plants for sale – all proceeds to the NGS

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Easton Walled Gardens – a forgotten gem brought back to life

A garden is always a labour of love, but what if your garden is 400 years old, covers 12-acres and is completely overgrown by brambles, elder and sycamore trees up to 25 feet high?

This is what faced Ursula Cholmeley in 2000. A young mother with a toddler and a new baby, she decided (and persuaded husband Fred) that the once magnificent gardens at the ancient family seat at Easton in Lincolnshire deserved to be brought back to life. And two years later they started work, having to bring two nine tonne tractors in just to remove the top growth.

Easton Park’s story is rather sad. In 1901 an imposing manor house, Easton Hall, stood proudly above the steep tiered steps down to an immaculate terrace and huge walled garden, split by an imposing 106 metre line of clipped yew, planted in 1852. Franklin D Roosevelt honeymooned there, and David Niven was a later guest.

But the hall was requisitioned by the army during World War II and the soldiers based there – from the parachute regiment – are said to have literally trashed the place, letting off live rounds in the house and throwing hand grenades into the greenhouses. Later the lead was stolen from the roof and the entire building was demolished in 1951. It was only the fact that the bulldozer broke down that the gatehouse and stables remain today. In one part of the garden, there’s a steep spoil heap where you can still see the debris from where the bulldozers simply tipped hundreds of years of British history down the hill.

After ten years of hard graft with a small team and no corporate budget, the Cholmeleys have performed a minor miracle. A hidden garden has been coaxed out from the undergrowth. There are cutting gardens with hundreds of sweet peas, billowing summer borders, lawns and steps, clipped hedging and smart pathways, leading to hidden walkways. Some of it, as you expect, is still work-in-progress and you can see the scale of the task that still faces the team.

However it is a fabulous place to visit for gardeners, or families who want a day out with room to roam and a treasure around every corner. I even found giraffes. Yes giraffes. And unlike many historic houses, children are positively encouraged to stay ON the grass: there are containers with an assortment of footballs to borrow.

The once derelict buildings that remain (you have to get your head around where the actual house once stood by reading the helpful information boards dotted around various vantage points) are now transformed into pleasant tea rooms, and you can sit on a sunny patio overlooking scented gardens. There’s even a viewing platform for great views and at the moment, a ‘swallow cam’ where you can see the feathered visitors nesting in the potting shed roof. The History Room has photographs which show the astonishing task taken on over the last decade.

It took me just over an hour to get there from Northampton, up the A43 and the A1. Entry is £6.25 or £2 for 5-15s.

You can visit the garden’s website here

All photographs and text © NorthamptonshireGardens

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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.

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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

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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

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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

Website:www.foxtail-lilly.co.uk

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

Website:www.oldrectorygardens.co.uk

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

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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

Website:www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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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

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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

Location:
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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Coton Manor Gardens open for next fortnight (Feb 18, 2012)

THE glorious winter gardens at Coton Manor In Northamptonshire  will be open from this Saturday (Feb 18th) for two weeks until Sunday 4th March – 11.00am – 4.00pm. The snowdrops are now coming into full flower while the aconites are putting on a good display and the Helleborus are beginning to come into their own.

There will be a good range of healthy plants for sale in the nursery and as always, lovely teas for sale when you’ve been for a walk.

Coton Manor’s details are in the links to the right of this page.

Enjoy!

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New opening for the NGS at Collingtree, August 21

A new opening for the National Gardens Scheme charity this weekend as Jenny and Jim Redmond open Karell House, Collingtree Park, Northamptonshire, NN4 0PB on Sunday between 12noon and 5pm.

A large garden next to Collingtree golf course and the brook, the well-loved garden has manicured lawns, tree peonies, herbaceous borders and many shrubs and unusual plants. There are teas and cakes for sale and there is access for wheelchairs except for by the river bank.

Follow sign to Collingtree Park Golf Course, left onto winding Brook Lane, third right onto Turnberry Lane, first right onto Belfrey Lane

AS the gardening season comes to an end there are still a handful of openings in September, and most of the big homes and gardens stay open to the public until October to show off the autumnal colours.

One up and coming event worth marking in your diary is being held on September 3-4.

Althorp’s Garden Art Weekend, includes talks by garden experts Nick Hamilton from Barnsdale and local boy James Alexander Sinclair. There will also be ‘live’ wood carving by chainsaw artists Peter Schwartz and Carrie Yeun. More info to come.

 

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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:

Rosemount
Ivy Cottage
Hillview

 

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.

www.cotonmanor.co.uk

 

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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
Treetops

Home-made teas at the village hall.

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