The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) in April

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 March 2011 | UPDATED: 18:59 20 February 2013

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) in April

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) in April

Each year thousands of gardeners in England and Wales take part in the National Garden Scheme open days. The scheme raises money for charities and here in Somerset, those listed in the 2010 NGS Yellow Book guide helped to raise £52,000.

Each year thousands of gardeners in England and Wales take part in the National Garden Scheme open days. The scheme raises money for charities and here in Somerset, those listed in the 2010 NGS Yellow Book guide helped to raise 52,000.



A variety of gardens, both private and public, will be opening their gates to visitors in aid of the NGS this month, including Hestercombe Gardens on 1 March


With 40 acres of woodland walks, temples, terraces, lakes and cascades, there is much to see and do all year round at this popular attraction in Cheddon Fitzpaine. In March and April you can enjoy the daffodils, winter flowering honeysuckle, saracococca, irises, wisterias and new spring bedding on the Victorian Terrace.


Admission: 8.60, children 3.25 (under 5s free), concessions 8


Contact: 01823 413923; http://www.hestercombe.com/



The National Trusts Lytes Cary Manor near Somerton (normally open every day from March to October, except Thursdays) will open for the NGS on 28 March.


Admission: 5.75, children 2.95.


Contact: 01458 224471; www.nationaltrust.org.uk



A number of private gardens are also opening in aid of the NGS this month by appointment only.



Garden: Hoopers Holding, Hinton St George


Highlights: A garden in colour compartments with lily pool, azaleas and rhododendrons, rare herbaceous and shrubby plants, many exotics. Garden mosaics developing


Open by appointment: From March to August


Admission: 2.50; children free


Contact: 01460 76389



Garden: Knoll Cottage, Stogumber


Highlights: Two acres with extensive mixed beds. Over 80 different roses and a woodland area with rowans, hawthorns and birches. Pond, vegetable and fruit area.


Open by appointment: From March to October


Admission: 3.00; children free


Contact: 01984 656689



Garden: Whales Farm, Gotton, near Taunton


Highlights: Four acres of mixed gardens with poultry, cider orchard, sorbus and silver birch collections, bees and pond. Listed with Somerset Private Nature Reserves. Several lawns and grass paths in orchard


Open by appointment: From March to October


Admission: 2.50; children free


Contact: 01823 412418



Other gardening events taking place in March


Workshop: The Confident Gardener Seed Sowing & Saving


Where: Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine


When: 9 March, 9am 1pm


Cost: 15


To book: 01823 413923; info@hestercombe.com; http://www.hestercombe.com/




Tour: A free guided tour of the formal gardens or kitchen garden


Where: Tytnesfield, Wraxall


When: Every day in March, 12.30pm & 1.30pm


Further information: 01275 461900



Illustrated talk and tour: Early Spring Flowers with horticultural lecturer John Horsey


Where: East Lambrook Manor Gardens


When: 26 March, 2pm to 4pm


Cost: 12.50 (10 to RHS members) and price includes a cream tea in newly restored Malthouse building


To book: 01460 240328 or email enquiries@eastlambrook.com Visit www.eastlambrook.co.uk




Beautiful Wayford Manor, near Crewkerne, will be open in aid of the National Garden Scheme this month. Designed by celebrated Edwardian landscape designer Harold Peto, the garden is terraced and combines formal and informal planting. There are naturally fed ponds and a number of mature trees.


Some of the maples originate from saplings bought in 1900 and there are a number of rhododendrons and magnolias which have grown to a considerable size.


Present owners Robin and Wendy Goffe have been here since 1966.


Peto was influenced by Italian gardens, hence the cypresses, says Wendy.


Wayford Manor garden, TA18 8QG (01460 73253) is open on 3, 24 and 25 April, 2pm-5pm. Admission is 4 (children free).


The National Garden Scheme raises money for charities each year and several Somerset gardens are opening for the scheme this month including The Organic Garden at Holt Farm, Blagdon, BS40 7SQ on 25 April.


For a full list of NGS gardens visit www.ngs.org.uk

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