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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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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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