Our National Gardens Scheme open days are 17th April (FREE Entry) then 3rd and 24th May, 5th July, finally 6th September. All these 2.00pm-6pm
Since 2000 the owners have been developing a 2-acre field into a plantaholic’s haven with year-round impact, from spring bulbs through to glorious autumn colour.
Care has been taken to create tapestries of colour and leaf texture among the many trees, interspersed with unusual shrubs and perennial underplantings.
Two springs combine from opposite sides: one side, once a ditch, is now a series of cascades while the other emanates from a pond from which cattle used to drink.
A willow tunnel welcomes visitors into a maturing shelter belt, beside a woodland garden, beyond which lies the main garden with wide mixed borders and beds of, for example grasses, bamboos or Agapanthus. Additionally there are closely planted areas in front of the house and in gravel gardens behind it.
Below the large polytunnel, another woodland garden leads down to the potager with a shade area and generous compost bays.
Plantsmen will linger to find many gems which reflect the owners’ particular favourites, carefully placed in conditions appropriate to the plant. Blue Himalayan poppies are spectacular in early summer and even seed themselves on the raised peat beds beside Dodecatheons and species Primulas of several kinds.
Children enjoy the swings and willow structures, some of which invite a scramble! Supervision of children is needed, as there are deep ponds.