Beechenwood Farm; dedication to the NGS. (19)

Tucked away down a narrow lane in the Hampshire countryside we found Beechenwood Farm open on a Wednesday.  At the gate one of the new signs with the ngs branding is displayed. These garden owners are ngs stalwarts having opened for over 30 years. Not just for one day, they share their garden every Wednesday … Continue reading Beechenwood Farm; dedication to the NGS. (19)

Sandringham; supporting the NGS for 90 years. (21)

The National Garden Scheme began in 1927; conceived as a living memorial to Queen Alexandra who had been patron of the Jubilee Congress of District Nursing. Just over 600 private gardens opened their garden gates to the public. George V agreed to open Sandringham House, which had been his mother's favourite residence and her home for … Continue reading Sandringham; supporting the NGS for 90 years. (21)

The Laburnums; a collection of Spring colour. (23)

It was such a lovely day that following my visit to  Witton Lane,  I decided to head on south across the flat fields of the Waveney Valley to Halesworth in Suffolk. Such a very different garden compared to this morning.  But then no two gardens are the same. The Laburnums' gate was swung wide open: … Continue reading The Laburnums; a collection of Spring colour. (23)

Trinity Fellows’ Garden. (24)

Cambridge was the hottest place in the UK last Sunday with the temperature recorded at 25.5 centigrade. Three college gardens opened their gates and we decided to start in the centre with Trinity Fellows' Garden. It must be one of the few bicycle free zones in the city; bikes were left outside the entrance. The … Continue reading Trinity Fellows’ Garden. (24)

Churchill College Garden and Fitzwilliam College Garden. (25 & 26)

Churchill and Fitzwilliam Colleges, both opened their gardens last Sunday afternoon. In walking distance of each other they possess today that rare commodity in Cambridge, free parking space. Designed in the 1960s as a memorial to Sir Winston Churchill this college is set in over 40 acres. Sculptures are an important feature of the gardens, … Continue reading Churchill College Garden and Fitzwilliam College Garden. (25 & 26)

Overstroud Cottage; comfort and comfrey. (27)

Easter Day. On our way to stay with some lovely friends we visited this charming garden at Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. The cottage was once the fever house for Missenden Abbey providing a home for the sick; hundreds of years later the connection with health is still there, now opening its gate for the NGS and … Continue reading Overstroud Cottage; comfort and comfrey. (27)