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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.

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.

Members' Gardens Open 2019

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February, 2019   11am to 4pm
21 Chapel Street, Haconby, nr Bourne PE10 0UL  (map)
This will be the final snowdrop opening  as a tribute to Cliff Curtis who sadly died in May 2018. 
Cliff and Joan have created their garden over many years along with the help of their daughter Sharron and have opened their garden for the NGS for 28 years. It was one of the first gardens to open for snowdrops in 1992. The garden behind the cottage is overflowing with snowdrops, crocus, hellebores and many other bulbs and early flowering plants.
Home-made soup and cakes will be available. 
The garden will also be open by appointment during February and March. Contact Sharron by e-mail here
Also open for the NGS

16th & 17th February, 2019  10:00 – 16:00 last admission 15:00
Winter Garden Walks at Ragley Hall   (map)
Admission £5.00 or  £4.00 HPS Members (with card)
Terrace Café will be open with a select Menu
The 26 acres of gardens surrounding Ragley hall will be open for the weekend of 16 – 17th of February 2019. Either join one of the limited guided tours of the gardens or  wander at your leisure. The gardens hold a collection of over 60 varieties of snowdrops as well as many winter interest trees, shrubs and bulbs.
Sunday March 24th, 2019  2 pm to 4 pm
Old Hills,  Callow End,  WR2 4TQ (map)
0.5 mile S of Callow End on the B4424
Margaret Stone’s informal garden with daffodils, hellebores, pulmonarias.
Admission £4 for NGS​ Home-made teas for Parkinson’s
Bank holiday Monday May 27, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm
The Ryebeck Hotel
Lyth Valley Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JP (map)
HPS member Kevin Line is the head gardener of this 5 acre garden, which was originally set out in the Edwardian period. It encompasses a variety of interesting areas including, to the front, formal lawns flanked by flower beds, rockeries and specimen trees and shrubs. To the rear are terraced borders containing year round interest and colour, with flowering perennials and shrubs. The greater garden descends into a wide vista of grass and wild flower meadows set against a glorious backdrop of Lake Windermere, and includes also a newly planted holly walk and a wild rose garden, all of which have been planted to encourage wildlife into the garden. Light refreshments. Admission: Adult: £5.00 Child: Free
Open for NGS
Bank holiday Monday May 27, 2019 1pm till 5pm
43 Mardley Hill
Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL6 0TT (map)
An unexpected garden created by plantaholics and packed with unusual plants. The focus is on foliage and a long season of interest. Various areas include: alpine bed; sunny border; deep shade; white-stemmed birches and woodland planting; naturalistic stream, pond and bog; chicken house and potted vegetables; potted exotics. We also look after three threatened plants under the Plant Heritage plant guardian scheme. Seating areas on different levels.
Featured in Garden News and Garden Answers.
Admission for NGS: Adult: £4 Children: Free
Home-made refreshments sold in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice, St Albans
Home-grown plant sale for NGS
Sunday June 2nd, 2019 11am-5pm
Ironwood House
Clapgate Lane, Slinfold, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 0QU (map)
Just over one acre garden around former rectory, with interesting trees, shrubs and perennials.
Designed, built and planted by ourselves since 1989, it is formal near the house and becomes wilder as you explore further away. Formal pool, naturalistic pond with occasional kingfisher, many climbers and pots with tender plants.
Plant stall. Home made teas. No dogs.
Wheel chair access dependant upon fair weather.
Open on the above date along with four other gardens in the village.
All proceeds in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley, and The William Templeton Foundation for Young People’s Mental Health.
Combined admission £5
Happy to open to groups on other dates by appointment (01403 791045)
Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 June, 2019 (1 - 6pm) 
The White House
Seedgreen Lane, Astley Burf, Stourport on Severn, DY13 0SA (map)
John and Joanna Daniels ( Garden and adjoining orchard extending to around an acre in the hamlet of Astley Burf, close to the River Severn.   The garden is planted very much in "cottage style" with roses, herbaceous plants and shrubs.   The orchard has a mixture of ornamental and productive trees and is home to beehives and a developing vegetable patch.   Small display of old garden tools and ephemera.   The garden appears monthly in Garden News magazine in their Over the Fence feature.   
Plant stall .  No dogs.
On the above dates we are open for the NGS along with 7 others in the locality, combined admission £6.   
See NGS website for more details.
Sunday 18th August, 2019 1-00pm to 5-00pm
Helen Brown
Little Ash Bungalow
Fenny Bridges
EX14 3BL
Country garden of 1½ acres, packed with different and unusual herbaceous perennials, trees, shrubs and bamboos. Designed for year-round interest, wildlife and owners' pleasure. Naturalistic planting in colour coordinated mixed borders, highlighted by metal sculptures, provides a backdrop to the view. Natural stream, pond and damp woodland area, mini wildlife meadows and raised gravel/alpine garden.
Light refreshments.
Adult: £4.00
Child: Free
Also open for NGS
Sunday September 22nd, 2019  2-00 pm to 5-00 pm
Old Hills,  Callow End,  WR2 4TQ (map)
0.5 mile S of Callow End on the B4424
Margaret Stone’s informal garden with many hardy perennials, including a Plant Heritage National Collection of Symphyotrichum novae-angliae.
Admission £4 for NGS Home-made teas for Parkinson’s


Members' Gardens Open 2018

Open 1st February to 31st October,
Tues to Sat and BH Mons plus Suns in Feb, May, June & July, 10.00am to 5.00pm
East Lambrook Manor Gardens
Silver Street, East Lambrook, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5HH (map)
The quintessential English cottage garden created by the influential 20th century plantswoman and gardening writer Margery Fish and given Grade 1 status by English Heritage in 1992. East Lambrook is a plantsman's paradise with many winding paths between beds filled with old-fashioned and contemporary plants grown in a relaxed and informal manner to create a garden of great beauty and charm. The garden has noted collections of named snowdrops, hellebores and geraniums, many of which can be purchased in the adjoining Margery Fish Plant Nursery.
There is also a simple cafe and gallery in the old Malthouse in the centre of the garden.
Entry £6.00, over 60's £5.50, under 16's free, groups £5.25.
Limited disabled access due to narrow paths and steps.
Ample parking and toilets. Four minutes drive and signposted from the A303 at South Petherton.
The Dorothy Clive Garden Staffordshire TF9 4EU (map)
Open all week from 17th March through to 1st October
 A very beautiful Plantsman’s Paradise. This hillside garden was created in the 1930’s and has been enhanced and extended throughout the following 70 years.
An RHS partner garden it is full of rare and wonderful trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, with areas for each month of the year including a Mediterranean glasshouse. There is a tea room for locally sourced home-cooked food and a gift shop with a plant sales area.
Entry £8.50, children £2 membership available. Group bookings by appointment.
Limited disabled access due to some steep paths and steps.
Open 20th March to 15th October (except Tues and Weds) from 10-00am to 6-00pm.
Hidden Valley Gardens – Cornwall.
An intimate 3 acre award-winning cottage style garden and specialist plant nursery nestled in a secluded hidden valley in Cornwall.  There are 26 identified beds and borders that are full of colour from early season to late autumn.  It is a “wonderfully peaceful place to sit and dream amongst the borders/beds” set with herbaceous perennials, shrubs, grasses, and wild flower circles.  There is a pond area with wildlife and bog planting, and a shady Fernery, also Japanese and Mediterranean areas and an Iris Bed. There are large collections of named Crocosmia, Agapanthus and Dahlias (over 100 varieties) and smaller collections of the hardy perennials, such as primrose, leucanthemum, helenium, astilbe, astrantia, penstemon, salvia, and asters, all labelled.  Some of the plants have been grown from our own seed selections.  In February we have ‘pop-up’ visiting for our collection of snowdrops.   
There are refreshments in the Tea Hut with homemade cakes, plant sales, dogs welcome on leads with careful owners. Wheelchair access parking, toilets and garden resting points.  Entry is £5.00,which includes tea/coffee.  Entry for Children, including a Garden Quiz, is free.  
Signposted from A390 and between Lostwithiel (2 miles) and St. Austell (5 miles), turning onto B3269 towards Fowey. (map)
March 23rd 25th 28th and 30th, 2018
15 Manor Drive, Hilton, Yarm, TS15 9LE (map)
Garden open in aid of the Migraine Trust
Admission £2 Plants and books for sale,Tea and home made cakes. 
Large collection of Hellebore 'hybrids'
April 29th, 2018   Times TBA
Lower Severalls Gardens and CB Plants are open on Sunday 29th April in aid of the Akamba Aid Fund .
ntry is £2.50 and homemade refreshments will be available.
Our garden has been featured on the front cover of Gardens Illustrated and we are hoping that our tulips and herbs will be at their best for this date.  
For more information tel 01460 73234 or  (map)

May 13th and July 1st,  2018 11-00am to 5-00pm
Dunholme, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 3QA (map)
Lesley and Hugh Wykes
Dunholme Lodge

The gardens are approx., 3 acres and include a wild flower area, shrubs, vegetable garden, topiary hedge, a well and a natural pond. We also have craft stalls , plants etc and music very often. Open for NGS
Wheelchair access is good to most parts although there is some loose stone and gravel in some areas. 
There is a toilet available. Supervised children are welcome. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Entrance fee is £3.50 each and children under 12 yrs are free.
The premises were part of what was RAF Dunholme Lodge during the last war and we have a war memorial and a museum  in an old cottage in the garden.  More information

May 28 , 2018  1pm till 5pm Open for NGS
43 Mardley Hill, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 0TT (map)
Kerrie and Pete Lloyd-Dawson
An unexpected garden created by plantaholics and packed with unusual plants and inspiring combinations. Foliage in a wide range of colours and textures forms the backdrop to ever-changing flowers. Several seating areas offer different perspectives on the design and planting composition. From a small bridge see the man-made stream cascade to the pond. For sale: cakes, teas and home-grown plants. Featured in the Garden Answers Chelsea Special.
Entrance £4, children free
Home-made cakes sold in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice, St Albans.
Home grown plants for sale.
Sunday 8th July, 2018 2-00 to 5-00 p.m.
Honeyhurst Farm
3/4 acre garden & 4 acre cider orchard. 
Rodney Stoke, BS27 3UJ (map)
Adults £3.50 Children free
Cream teas
Cakes & plants available.
Open for NGS
Sunday September 23rd, 2018  2-00 to 5-00 pm
Old Hills,  Callow End,  Worc. WR2 4TQ
Margaret Stone’s informal garden with many hardy perennials, including a Plant Heritage National Collection of Symphyotrichum (Aster) novae-angliae.
See blog ‘Last Month in my Garden

Admission £3.   Home-made teas.
0.5 mile S of Callow End on the B4424 (map)
Open for NGS

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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