10 Beautiful gardens you should visit this weekend
The third annual National Gardens Scheme Festival Weekend is coming up and it's the perfect opportunity to visit some beautiful local gardens. The 400 gardens opening to the public this weekend include artist's gardens, kitchen gardens, urban and country gardens.
1. Lower Norton Farmhouse, Hampshire
Owned by the Coleman family, the beautiful Lower Norton Farmhouse gardens are packed with roses, irises and lavender and also have a wildlife pond, a vegetable garden and watercress beds. Entertainment comes in the form of tractor and trailer rides. Open June 6 and 7, 2 to 6 p.m. Adults £3; children free.
2. Goodnestone Park, Kent
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Goodnestone Park's pristine gardens have been featured in The Lady magazine and include a kitchen garden, seventeenth century walled rose garden, woodland garden, gravel garden and two arboretums. Open on June 6 and Oct. 4, from 12 to 5 p.m., with home baking, cream teas and lunches available. Adults £6; children £2.
3. Milton Lodge Gardens, Somerset
Milton Lodge Gardens have stunning views of Wells Cathedral and the Vale of Avalon, eclectic borders and ornamental trees. Open June 7 and July 5, 2 to 5 p.m. Adults £5; children free.
4. White House, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
White House has an Arts & Crafts-inspired cottage garden with a rose garden, sunken terrace and topiary faces created by artist Richard Sorrell. Open on June 6, 7 and 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults £3.50; children free.
5. Hotel Endsleigh, Devon
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The gardens of Devon's Hotel Endsleigh span 100 acres of fairytale woodland, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton. The hotel will be open to non-residents for lunch, teas and dinner and tea will also be served in the Old Stable Yard. Open on June 7 and July 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults £5; children free.
6. Rymans, Sussex
Rymans' walled gardens with beautiful borders, topiary and many rare shrubs and trees surround a fifteenth century stone house. Open June 6 and 7 and Sept. 5 and 6, 2 to 5 p.m. Adults £5; children free.
7. Spencers, Essex
Spencers' walled gardens boast delphiniums, wisteria and lavender. Open June 7 and Sept. 13, 2 to 5 p.m. Adults £5; children free.
8. Pembroke Farm, Hertfordshire
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The large garden at Pembroke Farm has tree lined walks, garden sculptures and topiary. Tea and home baking is also on offer on June 7 from 12 to 5 p.m. Adults £3.50; children free.
9. Mistletoe Lodge, Bromyard, Herefordshire
Enjoy a cream tea at Mistletoe Lodge and admire the small but beautifully formed garden with a tranquil natural pond. There is also a mixed media art exhibition "Coast and Garden." Open June 4, 5, 6 and 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults £2.50, children free.
10. The Barn, Barrow-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire
The compact garden at The Barn, open in conjunction with 3 Westcote Farm House, may be a modern creation but it has a traditional feel topiary, formal yew hedging and an orchard. Open on June 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults £3, children free.
Find out more about the National Gardens Scheme.