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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 2022

   
Sundays 6th & 13th March 2022    2 – 4PM
Hellebore Garden
Juliet Davis
Kapunda, Southstoke, Bath  BA2 5SH (map)
kapundaplants@hotmail.co.uk
01225 832165
Juliet has been a specialist Lenten Rose grower for many years and has a busy propagation programme at this time of year.
A stunning display as seen on BBC Gardeners World
Entry £5   Tea and homemade cakes
Supporting Dorothy House Hospice Care & The Wessex MS Therapy Centre
www.kapundaplants.co.uk
Also open for Garden Societies and Clubs by Appointment and the Plant Nursery is strictly open by appointment for buyers.
1st April to 30th September 13:00 – 17:00
Open every Wednesday and Friday plus the first and third Saturday and Sunday of the month
Stillingfleet Lodge Garden and Plant Nursery
Vanessa Cook
Stillingfleet Lodge Garden, Stewart Lane, Stillingfleet, York, YO19 6HP (map)
Tel: 01904 728506
Vanessa specialises in unusual perennial plants, many of which can be seen in the garden.  They offer one of the largest ranges of hardy Geraniums in the UK and have a huge selection of plants that thrive in the shade, such as Pulmonaria and Brunnera. There are over 800 plants for sale in the nursery, 90% of them grown in the garden. The four acre site comprises a series of themed areas surrounding the traditional farmhouse plus a pond, meadow and vegetable garden. It has been lovingly planted up over 40 years and is a fine example of how to balance encouraging wildlife whilst retaining all the beauty of a cottage garden.
Entry £6.00 (5 to 16 year olds £1). Season ticket available. Tea room and art exhibitions. Free parking and toilet.
https://stillingfleetlodgenurseries.co.uk/
Open to groups by prior appointment. Plants can be bought by pre-order and collected from the nursery by arrangement throughout the year
Also open for NGS
Friday May 20th to Friday 30th September 2022 - 13:00 – 18:00
Open by prior appointment
Ironwood House, Clapgate Lane, Slinfold, Horsham, West Susses RH13 0QU (map)
Louise and Robert Sims
01403 791045 or 07715 683252
One acre country garden around former rectory which has been designed, built, planted, and maintained by the present owners over the past thirty years. Formal near the house, becoming less manicured further away. There is a naturalistic pond with boathouse, a formal pool and, in the autumn, a large border devoted to late summer flowering plants and grasses – a haven for many pollinating insects. Interesting trees, shrubs, and climbers and many pots with tender perennials
Unusual plants for sale, Homemade teas
All proceeds are split between St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley and YPMH
Sunday 22nd May, 1-00pm till 5-00pm
43 Mardley Hill, Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL6 0TT (map)
Kerrie Lloyd-Dawson
An unexpected garden created by plantaholics and packed with unusual plants. Focus on foliage and long season of interest. Constantly being developed and new plants sourced. Various areas: alpine bed; sunny border; deep shade; white-stemmed birches and woodland planting; naturalistic stream, pond and bog; chicken house and potted vegetables; potted exotics. Seating areas on different levels. Featured in Garden News and Garden Answers.
Entrance £5, children free. Refreshments and plant sale.
Also open for NGS

Sunday 29th May 11am-3pm 
Firvale Perrenial Garden
Harthill, Sheffield, S26 7YN (map)
Interesting and unusual large allotment with 13 island beds displaying 500+ herbaceous perennials including the National Collection of hardy euphorbias with over 100 varieties flowering between March and October. Organic vegetable garden. Refreshments, WC and plant sales at 26 Casson Drive, a small garden with mixed borders, shade and seaside garden.
Admission £3-00
Also open for NGS

First and third Sundays of June, July, August and September 2022 2-00 pm-5-00 pm
Veddw House
The Fedw, Devauden, Monmouthshire NP16 6PH (map)
 Adult £8.50, child £1

 e: anne@veddw.co.uk

Veddw has been made and designed over the last 3​4​ years by garden photographer Charles Hawes, and by garden writer Anne Wareham, who wrote ‘The Bad Tempered Gardener’ and ‘Outwitting Squirrels’. The gardens are relaxed and wildlife friendly, as the rabbit chomping testifies. A favourite part with visitors and gardeners wanting a break from looking at weeds is the black, some say sinister, reflecting pool. ​Otherwise, many plants, gardens and seats. ​Anne writes about it all regularly on this site https://veddw.com/ in the blog.​
Parking and loo available, dogs welcome on leads, sadly no teas.​​

Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th June 2022  11-00am - 5-00pm
12 Water Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Matlock, DE4 4LY (map)
Hildegard Wiesehofer
wiesehofer@btinternet.com
07809 883393
The garden is on a steep hillside, on the edge of the village, with far reaching views over Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It was developed 'a room at a time', resulting in very different garden rooms. Its position at 1000 feet means that the mainly perennial plants have to be extremely hardy to survive the extreme winter weather.
Entry is £3.50 per person, (children go free) and well behaved dogs are welcome. Home made cakes are available, including gluten free.
Parking in the Lane is limited, but there are 2 reserved parking spaces for disabled visitors.
Open for the NGS
Apart from the 2 weekends in June and August, we also open the garden by arrangement to groups of at least 15 between May and September.
For anyone interested in visiting, who lives further afield, there is ensuite B&B accommodation for 2 in 'The old garden room', a converted potting shed with amazing views over Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. This can be booked directly with us or through airb&b.
Sunday 26th June 2022  2.30 – 5.30
Numbers 20 and 30, St Stephens Avenue, St Albans, AL3 4AD.
Heather and Peter Osborne
Also open for NGS. Combined admission £6. Home made teas including gluten free and vegan cakes, plants for sale. WC. Payment by card available, more details and photos on the NGS website.
Two gardens of similar size and the same aspect, developed in totally different ways. Number 20 is packed with both familiar and unusual hardy plants. Paths meander through and behind the colour coordinated borders; varied habitats include cool shade, hot dry gravel, and lush pondside planting. Number 30 has a southwest facing gravelled front garden that has a Mediterranean feel. Clipped box, beech and hornbeam in the back garden provide a cool backdrop for the strong colours of the herbaceous planting.
Sunday 10th July 11-00am -5-00pm
2 Briairlea , Hepscott, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 6PA (map)
A plant lover's garden of just under ½ acre, rejuvenated and redeveloped over the last 5 yrs, featuring gravel areas, stream side planting and many herbaceous borders. Planting features hostas, grasses, roses, penstemons, ferns, a wide range of shrubs and other perennials. A vegetable area with raised beds inc greenhouses with an extensive collection of cacti and other succulents.
Plant stall and teas. Admission £5.
Alsio open for NGS
Sunday, 31st July 2022  2.00-5.30pm
35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 7PB (map)
Adrian and Clare de Baat
The admission price is £5 for adults and free for children. All of the proceeds will go to the National Garden Scheme.
You may buy tickets in advance at the NGS website, or on the day by cash or card at the entrance to the garden.
Teas and refreshments will be available. There will also be a plant stall.
Information on the garden including pictures may be found at www.adriansgarden.org and at the NGS website.
Sunday and Monday 28th and 29th August 2022  11-00am - 5-00pm
12 Water Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Matlock, DE4 4LY (map)
Hildegard Wiesehofer
wiesehofer@btinternet.com
07809 883393
The garden is on a steep hillside, on the edge of the village, with far reaching views over Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It was developed 'a room at a time', resulting in very different garden rooms. Its position at 1000 feet means that the mainly perennial plants have to be extremely hardy to survive the extreme winter weather.
Entry is £3.50 per person, (children go free) and well behaved dogs are welcome. Home made cakes are available, including gluten free.
Parking in the Lane is limited, but there are 2 reserved parking spaces for disabled visitors.
Open for the NGS
Apart from the 2 weekends in June and August, we also open the garden by arrangement to groups of at least 15 between May and September.
For anyone interested in visiting, who lives further afield, there is ensuite B&B accommodation for 2 in 'The old garden room', a converted potting shed with amazing views over Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. This can be booked directly with us or through airb&b.
Sunday 4th September, 2.30 – 5.30
Numbers 20 and 30, St Stephens Avenue, St Albans, AL3 4AD.
Heather and Peter Osborne
Also open for NGS. Combined admission £6. Home made teas including gluten free and vegan cakes, plants for sale. WC. Payment by card available, more details and photos on the NGS website.
Two gardens of similar size and the same aspect, developed in totally different ways. Number 20 is packed with both familiar and unusual hardy plants. Paths meander through and behind the colour coordinated borders; varied habitats include cool shade, hot dry gravel, and lush pondside planting. Number 30 has a southwest facing gravelled front garden that has a Mediterranean feel. Clipped box, beech and hornbeam in the back garden provide a cool backdrop for the strong colours of the herbaceous planting.

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.

At least two of our members have produced video tours of their gardens in place of not being able to open to the public in 2020.

Barbara Molesworth normally opens her garden in aid of Save the Children, but of course this year that has been impossible.  A virtual version of her open garden tour is available, featuring many of the heritage plants that she raises and grows.

Andrew and Janet Rowe have also produced a video tour of their garden at Hedgehog Hall in Leicestershire which normally opens twice a year under the National Garden Scheme


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