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Gardens Open to the Public

Some of our members are happy to welcome you to their gardens, either to raise funds for charity or commercially. This is a good way to visit gardens which may not be generally open and which show how hardy perennials can be used. Those opening their gardens are often happy to talk to fellow-gardeners so you may be able to exchange or gain ideas and information on your visit.

At most of the gardens there are plants for sale, usually grown by the owner, so you can get advice on what will suit your garden conditions.

HPS Diamond Jubilee

This year more members’ gardens than usual are open, to celebrate our 60th anniversary. Each garden owner has chosen when they would like to open, so that their garden can be seen at its peak and ‘star’ plants can be at their best.

There is an entry fee, similar to that charged for the National Gardens Scheme. Apart from £1 to cover  administration costs, this goes either to charity or to the local HPS group.

You can find a more detailed list of the gardens, arranged by opening date, on our Jubilee Open Gardens blog.

The first gardens to open are shown below.  Others will be added, by date.

Come and celebrate with us.

Hampshire - Tuesday 21 and Monday 27 February, 2-5 pm
Scented crocus, aconites in Crawley Village
Little Court, Crawley, Winchester SO21 2PU
Worcestershire - Sunday 12 February, 11am - 4pm
Snowdrops at Brockamin
Callow End, Worcester WR2 4TQ

Gardens Opening by Arrangement

Cheshire and Wirral
The White Cottage, Threapwood,  Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 7AL
Shropshire
Heath Garden, Heath Hill, Sheriffhales, Shifnal,Shropshire, TF11 8RR
Shropshire - March to June
6 Laburnum Close, St Martins , nr Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3HU

Other HPS Members' Gardens Open to the Public

Details of the gardens are below, arranged by opening date.

If you are a member who opens your garden to the public and would like to advertise on the HPS website, you can find how to do it here.

The Old Rectory
Thruxton
Herefordshire
HR2 9AX

Andrew and Judy Hallett
t. 01981 570401
e. judy.hallett@gmail.com
www.thruxtonrectory.co.uk

Saturday 3 June, Sunday 4 June, Sunday 10 September (12 - 5.30pm) 
Visits by arrangement May - September Admission £4

With breathtaking views over Herefordshire countryside this four acre garden - two acres of formal garden and two acres paddock with ornamental trees and shrubs, and heritage fruit trees - has been created since 2007.  
Constantly changing plantsman's garden.
Admission £4.00, children free. Home-made teas.
See Yellow Book entry and website for more details.  

Meadowsweet 
5 Great Park Cottages
off Betty-Haunt Lane
Carisbrooke
Isle of Wight
PO30 4HR

Gunda Cross

Sunday 4 June (11.30am - 4.30pm). Admission £3.50, children free.
From windswept barren 2 acre cattle field to developing tranquil country garden.
Natural, mainly native planting and wild flowers.
Cottagey front garden, herb garden, orchard, fruit cage and large pond.
The good life and a haven for wildlife!
Home-made teas. Refreshments in aid of the EM Hospice.
Also open for NGS, see Yellow Book entry for further details

19 Winnington Gardens 
Hanley Swan
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR8 0DJ

Brian & Irene Skeys

Saturday 10, Sunday 11 June, 1-00 to 5-00pm, Admission  £5-00 (includes 4 more gardens)
Designed into a series of garden rooms, there is a green and white garden, a small oriental garden, roses and vines cover an archway to mixed borders full of plants for all seasons. There are raised beds and trained fruit trees around the Summerhouse and seating area, a herb bed containing a special standard gooseberry bush.
Greenhouses and a potting shed with a small collection of vintage garden tools. A white wisteria covers the entrance to a small oriental garden with a shelter to sit and contemplate. There is a garden room where you can sit and enjoy your cream teas.
Plants for Sale
Note: Access too narrow for wheel chairs
Also open for NGS as one of five gardens, see Yellow Book entry for details

Ashknowle House
Ashknowle Lane
Whitwell
Ventnor
Isle of Wight
PO38 2PP

Jennie Fradgley

Saturday 1 July & Sunday 2 July. 12.30pm to 4.30pm.  Admission £4.00, children free.
A variety of features to explore in the grounds of this Victorian house. Woodland walks, wildlife and fish ponds. Many colourful beds and borders. The large well maintained kitchen garden is highly productive and boasts a wide range of fruit and vegetables grown in cages, tunnels, glasshouses and raised beds.
Young productive orchard incl protected cropping of strawberries, peaches and apricots.
Display and DVD of red squirrel antics.
Home made Teas
Also open for NGS, see Yellow Book entry for further details

National Gardens Scheme

The major organisation devoted to opening gardens for charity in the UK is the National Gardens Scheme. You can find out where there are gardens open to the public, or download their app for your mobile phone, by visiting their website.

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