Photos courtesy of the National Garden Scheme.

Forget your troubles and enjoy Spring now that it’s here. Ann Evans has news of the NGS Open Gardens


Pic Bridge Nursery Warwickshire

 Bridge Nursery Warwickshire

Spring has sprung, and happily nothing has stopped the flowers from bursting through the earth or the buds appearing on branches. Wherever we walk, we can enjoy the beautiful spring blossom on the trees and carpets of daffodils on the ground. And in these troubled times it’s good to know that nature is one constant thing we can be sure of.

Normally at this time of the year, private gardens are opening to the public for the National Garden Scheme, and while at the moment there are no plans for this not to happen, some gardens may have restrictions on numbers and changes to facilities. So it’s important to check individual gardens before setting off. And it’s probably best to take your own refreshments or a picnic as the majority will not be offering refreshments at this time.

Here’s a glimpse of just a few of the beautiful gardens open this year. Check website for exact dates and times.


Pic Woodcote Villa

Woodcote Villa

Woodcote Villa, Northampton NN6 7EW

In a much admired location, this delightful canalside garden has a large variety of plants, styles, structures and unusual bygones. Bulbs will feature in March, with colourful planting in July and September, all set against a backdrop of trees and shrubs. Lovely places to sit, relax, and watch the boats and wildlife.


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Ivy House Garden

Ivy House Garden, Piddletrenthide, Dorset DT2 7QF

Unusual and challenging ½ acre garden set on steep hillside with fine views. Wildlife friendly garden with mixed borders, ponds, propagating area, vegetable garden, fruit cage, greenhouses and polytunnel, chickens and bees, nearby allotment. Daffodils, tulips and hellebores in quantity for spring openings. Come prepared for steep terrain and a warm welcome!


Pic Haldon Grange

Pic Haldon Grange

Haldon Grange, Exeter, Devon

Peaceful, well established 12-acre garden some parts dating back to the 1770’s. This hidden gem boasts one of the largest collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias. Interspersed with mature and rare trees and complimented by a lake and cascading ponds. A 5-acre arboretum, large lilac circle, wisteria pergola with views over Exeter and Woodbury complete this family run treasure.


Pic Bridge Nursery

Bridge Nursery

Bridge Nursery, Southam, Warwickshire CV47 8HX

Clay soil? Don’t despair. Here is an acre of garden full of an exciting range of plants which thrive in hostile conditions. Grass paths lead you round borders filled with many unusual plants. Features include a pond and a bamboo grove complete with panda! A peaceful haven for wildlife and visitors. A recent comment from a visitor is that the garden is comfortable with itself.

Chelsea Psychic Garden, Greater London.

Pic Chelsea Psychic Garden

Chelsea Psychic Garden

Explore London’s oldest botanic garden situated in the heart of Chelsea for 350 years. With a unique living collection of around 5000 plants, this walled garden is a celebration of the importance of plants and their beauty. Highlights incl Europe’s oldest pond rockery, the Garden of Edible and Useful Plants, the Garden of Medicinal Plants and the World Woodland Garden.

The National Garden Scheme began in 1927 to support district nurses. It now raises millions of pounds for nursing and health charities each year. It also supports charities doing amazing work in gardens and health, grant bursaries to help community gardening projects and support gardeners at the start of their career. Last year alone they donated £3 million and since it was originally founded the NGS has donated £58 million to these beneficiaries.

To find an open garden near you, go to the website and put your postcode. If the garden you were hoping to visit has cancelled you may like to make a donation to the National Garden Scheme. This is a wonderful way to show your support of the garden as well as helping them to continue raising funds for their vital nursing and health beneficiaries.

You can also get your hands on your very own 2020 Garden Visitors’ Handbook featuring all 3,700 gardens open this year from their online shop.

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