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Behind red brick walls a ¾ acre garden on four different levels, each with unique planting and atmosphere. Lower lawn with white wisteria arbour and pond, upper lawn with rose pergola and woodland, pool area with grasses, Victorian kitchen garden and wild meadow. Opens Sunday 23rd April and 4th June.
Garden designer’s garden with Japanese influence and large collection of Japanese maples. The enclosed front garden is Japanese in style. Back garden is divided into three areas; patio area recently redesigned in the Japanese style, densely planted area with many acers and roses, also a corner which inc a productive greenhouse and interesting planting. Opens Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June, and Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September.
Combining Victorian formality with early C20 natural style and recent plantings to lead it into the C21. A completed garden designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz and also a Richard Long sculpture. Terraced lawns with specimen and ornamental trees, panoramic views to the Chilterns. Opens Saturday 1st July, pre-booking essential.
2 acre plantsman’s garden built up over the last 35 yrs with a wide range of flowering and foliage plants in a variety of habitats providing a show all yr. Many bulbs, perennials, shrubs, roses and grasses provide continuous interest. Numerous trees planted for their flowers, foliage, ornamental bark and autumn display. Opens Sunday 30th April.
The present garden covering around 12 acres inc the walled kitchen garden crisscrossed by paths with vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. The sculpture garden, the replanted Granary garden with fountain and borders, as well as the individual paved gardens and parterres divided by yew hedges and more. Opens Sunday 11th June.
A plant filled garden designed by Barbara Hunt. A harmonious arrangement of arcs and circles introduces a rhythm that leads through the garden. Sweeping box curves, gravel beds, brick edging and lush planting. A restrained use of purples and reds dazzle against a grey and green background. Opens Sunday 28th May.
A peaceful garden celebrates what can be achieved in a long narrow strip behind a cottage (not open); landscaped to create a variety of rooms. Open deep borders of perennials welcome the visitor. Shaped lawns lead you through a shady rose arbour undergrown with a variety of ferns and hostas. Opens Sunday 11th June.
Tours at 2.30pm and 4pm of this project under development in attractive hillside setting. Pasture being restored to hay meadows and planted with fruit trees and soft fruit. Tips for foraging, encouraging wild flowers and creation of wildlife habitats. Opens Sunday 2nd July.
A country garden over 1½ acres with a wide range of flowering and foliage plants. Bulbs, perennials, roses, shrubs and trees have been chosen to provide continuous interest, with colour concentrated in purple, pink, blue and lemon. The lawns around the house have deep, curving borders with sunny and shady aspects. Opens Saturday 24th June.
A gentle sloping mature garden of ½ acre is a plant lover’s delight, which inc a small formal garden, shady areas and mixed borders of shrubs, perennials and roses. Features inc a thatched Wendy house, pergolas, formal pond, wildlife pond, productive fruit and vegetable garden, two greenhouses and patio. Opens Sunday 11th and Tuesday 13th June.
Paintings, prints and pots to see and buy in this small town garden owned by an artist gardener. The unusual house was built in 2015. Gravel paths divide the rectangular beds filled with herbaceous perennials, grasses and ferns. A cow trough water feature and owner’s ceramics add surprise. Opens 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th July.
A fabulous compact ½ acre garden with lawn, herbaceous borders, wildflower meadows, orchard, raised vegetable beds, treehouse, summerhouse, and pool. Originally designed as a white garden, it now inc calming purple, blue and pink colours. Plenty of roses, grasses, salvia, nepeta, peony, delphinium, lupin, geranium, foxglove, allium, lavender, astrantia, pittosporum, and ornamental trees. Opens Sunday 9th July, pre-booking essential.
The tranquil Flower Garden of C18 poet William Cowper, who said ‘Gardening was of all employments, that in which I succeeded best’, has plants introduced prior to his death in 1800, many mentioned in his writings. The Summer House Garden with Cowper’s ‘verse manufactory’, now a Victorian Kitchen Garden, has new and heritage vegetables organically grown. Opens Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June.
The gardens at Danesfield were completed in 1901 by Robert Hudson, the Sunlight Soap magnate who built the house. Since the house opened as a hotel in 1991, the gardens have been admired by several thousand guests each yr. However, in 2009 it was discovered that the gardens contained outstanding examples of pulhamite in both the formal gardens and the waterfall areas. Opens Wednesday 2nd August.
Thoughtfully designed and structured garden with year-round colour and many interesting features inc herbaceous borders, a shrubbery with ferns, hostas, grasses and hellebores. Small formal garden, pergolas with roses and clematis. A variety of topiary and small garden rooms. Opens Sunday 9th July.
A large cottage garden with an exuberance of colourful planting and winding gravel paths, amongst lawns and herbaceous borders on two levels. Ponds, a wishing well, vegetable beds, a knot garden, a small walled garden and an old tractor feature. Everything combines to make a beautiful garden full of surprises. Opens Monday 29th May.
Opened in Sept 2018, Horatio’s Garden at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital is designed by Joe Swift. The fully accessible garden for patients with spinal injuries has been part funded by the NGS. The beautiful space is cleverly designed to bring the sights, sounds and scents of nature into the heart of the NHS. Opens Saturday 24th June.
At The Lantern Cottage, spring hellebores and an abundance of tulips give way to an early summer display of roses, peonies, bearded iris, alliums and climbers inc various clematis, wisteria and akebia. A wide selection of salvias and herbaceous perennials, mostly raised from seed and cuttings. Opens Sunday 23rd April and 11th June.
A variety of gardens set in this attractive Chiltern village in an AONB. You can start off at one end of the village and wander through stopping off halfway for tea at the beautiful Anglo-Saxon church built in 975. The gardens reflect different style houses inc several old cottages, converted barns, Elizabethan and Georgian houses (houses not open). Opens Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July.
‘An outpost of Old Bloomsbury in Marlow Woods’ was how diarist Frances Partridge described Lords Wood. James and Alex Strachey entertained many of the Bloomsbury Group inc Lytton Strachey and Dora Carrington. The 5 acres surrounding the house (not open) showcase sculpture, water features, extensive mature borders, flower and herb gardens, orchard, and woodland walks with spectacular views over the Chilterns. Opens Thursday 15th June.
A peaceful large garden surrounded by trees, and planted with rare and unusual flowering trees, shrubs, perennials underplanted with bulbs. Shade loving plants, kitchen garden and small meadow with apiary. A gate leads to a 3 acre mixed deciduous wood with level paths, a large fernery planted in an old clay pit and an avenue of thousands of daffodils and acers. Opens Wednesday 17th May and 19th July, pre-booking essential.
Nether Winchendon House has fine, and rare trees set in an inspiring and stunning landscape with parkland. The south lawn runs down to the River Thame. A Founder NGS Member (1927). Enchanting and romantic Mediaeval and Tudor House, one of the most romantic of the historic houses of England and listed Grade I. Opens Sunday 28th May and 27th August.
A garden of almost 3 acres made from a rough field over 25 yrs ago. Near the house (not open) a series of terraces cut into the sloping site create the formal garden with long and cross vistas, lawns and deep borders. The aim is to provide interest throughout the yr with naturalistic planting and views borrowed from the surrounding countryside. Opens Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June.
The 5 acre garden inc several wooded areas with eco bug hotels for wildlife. Two ponds with wild flower planting, large avenues of silver birches, a bog garden with board walk and a wildflower meadow. There is a cut flower garden and a dramatic collection of spring bulbs set amongst an acer glade. Opens Sunday 23rd April.
Artistic chalk garden on two levels. Collection of C17/C18 plants inc auriculas, hellebores, bulbs, pulmonarias, peonies, geraniums, dahlias, herbs and succulents. Many antique species and rambling roses. Potager and lily pond. Blue and white ribbon border. Opens Sunday 9th April, 14th May and 4th June.
A 3 acre mature garden inc an acre of wild flowers and indigenous trees. Surrounded by tall hedges and wood, the garden has evolved over the last 30 yrs. There are many specimen trees and mature roses inc a Paul’s Himalaya Musk. A large herbaceous border runs alongside the formal lawns with other borders like heathers and shrubs. Opens By Arrangement from May to July for groups of between 10 and 40.
Formal organic garden with open views to the Chiltern countryside. Designed as a series of outdoor rooms around a listed former C18 inn (not open), inc border, parterre, vegetable and fruit gardens, and a newly planted orchard. Delicious home-made teas in our barn and adjacent entrance courtyard. Opens Sunday 21st May and 4th June.
This Chiltern hillside garden of 1½ acres is planted for year-round interest and has superb views. Lovingly and beautifully maintained, there are several different areas to relax in, each with their own character. Wildflower orchard, mixed borders, pond, vegetables, woodland area and a lovely hidden garden. Opens Tuesday 16th May and 11th July.
Relaxed designer’s garden at the start of The Chilterns. Informal cottage garden/prairie style with a variety of trees, woodland edge plants, shade borders, shrubs, perennials and grass borders blending into pastureland, now restored to beautiful long grass meadow. Mature cherry orchard, chickens, vegetable garden. Opens Saturday 24th June.
Recently acquired garden, having been neglected for many yrs, is now being developed by the community as a place for quiet, reflection and to gaze upon beauty. Inc a walled garden with vegetables, labyrinth and pond, a shady woodland dell and a recently built chapel. Opens Saturday 17th June.
Unique 22 acre Grade I registered garden constructed 1934-9 with a contemporary garden extension. Rock and water gardens, sunken colonnade, rose garden, 500 individual gated gardens, beautiful mature trees and newly landscaped areas. Opens Sunday 14th May.
A Japanese garden, shielded from the upper garden level by Shoji screens. A winding path leads you over a traditional Japanese bridge by a pond and waterfall and invites you through a moongate to reveal a purpose built tea house, all surrounded by traditional Japanese planting inc maples, cherry blossom trees, azaleas and rhododendrons. Opens By Arrangement from May to September for groups of up to 20.
Grade II registered. Series of garden rooms, each with a different planting style enveloping architect’s own Grade II* listed house (not open). Dry garden, formal box garden, sunken gardens, mixed borders around curving lawn, all framed by ancient walls and mature trees. Opens Monday 1st May, pre-booking essential.
10 acres of garden surrounds a C17 Grade I listed manor house (not open). This large and varied garden blends traditional and contemporary styles, featuring pool borders rich in grasses with a green and white theme, walled kitchen and cutting garden with large greenhouse at its heart. Opens Sunday 4th June.
The Walled Garden at Wormsley Estate is a 2 acre garden providing flowers, vegetables and tranquil contemplative space for the family. For many yrs the garden was neglected until Sir Paul Getty purchased the estate in the mid 1980s. Opens Wednesday 14th June, pre-booking essential.
Well established 6 acre formal garden in picturesque setting. Mature trees and hedges with River Misbourne meandering through lawns. Shrubberies, flower beds, rockery, rose garden and orchard. Large walled garden. Herb garden, vegetable plot and Victorian greenhouses. Opens Sunday 4th June.
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