Discover new gardens opening in 2019
Since 1927 the National Garden Scheme has been uncovering the nation’s best gardens across England and Wales raising over £53 million for nursing and health charities. From the 600 gardens that opened in 1927 the scheme has continued to blossom and today over 3,500 gardens open their gates offering inspirational garden visits to spacious country house acres, cottage gardens, tiny rooftop plots, city gardens and allotments.
While over 80 of the original gardens, many in the hands of the same families, still open for the National Garden Scheme, we are delighted to announce that in 2019 over 500 new gardens are opening for the first time. Here is a small selection of those joining our portfolio.
NEW country house gardens
Among them are these country house gardens that have been subtly reworked by their present owners, a new generation who are creating gardens within a grand setting, packed with examples of fine, contemporary planting. Among them are:
Crichel House, Dorset with its three-acre walled garden and other individual enclosed gardens command majestic views to the Georgian house (not open), the adjacent Victorian church and out across surrounding parkland. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 4th and 5th May and 22nd and 23rd June.
Combermere Abbey, Cheshire with its six-acre walled garden featuring a Messenger Glasshouse the garden boasts the world’s only Fruit Tree Maze designed by Randoll Coate, a pleasure garden planted in C18 and woodland garden with views of a 143 acre mere. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 25th June.
Exton Hall in Rutland – a 25 acre private garden with woodland walks that meander past specimen trees around the lakes and through the Pinetum with its Wellingtonia Avenue. The gardens include the ruins of the 15th Century Elizabethan Hall visited by both Shakespeare and Handel (not open). The house and surrounding land has been in the Noel family for over 400 years, many members of the family have been keen botanists leaving a legacy of fine trees. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 12th May.
NEW gardens that stand out for their planting and design
In our gardens large and small, it is the small details of planting, or their design, which is so often what makes them stand out.
Mothecombe House, Devon (a Queen Anne house with Lutyens additions, not open) invites visitors to enjoy its beguiling summer delights including a bluebell wood leading to a private beach. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 5th May.
The Old Rectory, Nacton, Suffolk – Just under 2 acres of garden divided into areas for different seasons: herbaceous borders with trees for winter interest, herb/picking garden, rose garden. Light soil so many self-sown flowers. Damp area with emphasis on foliage (Rheum, Darmera, Rodgersia, Hellebores). Most recently a terrace to West side of the house, all still developing after 28 years, with more projects in the pipeline. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 15th September.
Sages, Hampshire – Over the last three years the garden has undergone a great transformation by the owners. The garden has a romantic feel where you can take a stroll through the meadow or peacefully ponder in the Japanese garden. There is also a surprising jungle walk being developed. This garden will leave you feeling happy and with a sense of well-being. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 1st July – August 31st by arrangement.
Kentisbeare House, Devon a good example of a substantial country garden that has been completely redesigned and planted by its present owners in the last few years. Clipped box hedging and aerial clipped beeches give a cool framework to massed plantings of Stipa gigantean and other grasses and perennials. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 6th July.
In all of these you can see tell-tale signs of planting that is popular today – shades of purple, tall alliums and billowing Stipa gigantea.
NEW small gardens
Some of our most popular venues are groups of gardens opening together for a single event in villages up and down the county. These groups offer the chance to explore a variety of gardens within a village setting, a good example in 2019 is Chedworth Gardens a group of ten gardens spread through a Cotswold village combing individual garden treats with a series of stunning views. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 15th June.
The skill in piecing together the details of planting is often most evident in a small garden and one of the smallest joining us this year is Christopher Masson’s garden in Wandsworth, 7 Spencer Road. In his narrow space he has used a variety of evergreen textures to give structure to colourful perennials and he also demonstrates that small spaces are often best suited to bold planting statements. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 29th August.
NEW professional’s gardens
One of the best known is Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s Gresgarth Hall, North Lancashire. Arabella is the doyenne of today’s grand garden designers with an international portfolio where she showcases her renowned design and planting skills. In her own garden at Gresgarth Hall, the structure of terraces down to the lake and the wonderful array of usual plants will be a popular addition to the 2019 portfolio. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 11th August.
Deep in rural Somerset, at Batcombe House, another designer Libby Russell has created a garden that combines some richly colourful planting through the kitchen garden and parterre, with the calm space of a grass amphitheatre and a wild flower orchard. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 16th June.
At Manor Farm in Cheshire much of the planting has been done by Angel Collins. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 15th June – pre-booking essential.
Anyone who visited the Olympic Park in East London in 2012 will be familiar with the work of Nigel Dunnett and his colleague James Hinchmough now, with their fellow professor at Sheffield University school of Landscape Design, Andy Clayden, they are opening their own three gardens in Sheffield as part of a ticketed opening for the National Garden Scheme in July. Bramblewood Cottage demonstrates how you can bring modern ecology into the urban landscape. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 14th July.
NEW gardens for health
Lindengate, Buckinghamshire, where the Lindengate charity has made a garden on an old allotment site and which sets out that the garden’s primary objective to foster an improved state of mental health and wellbeing through the healing power of nature and horticulture. In just a few years the garden has already supported many people on the road to recovery from ill health. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 6th September.
St Barnabas Hospice, Goring-by-Sea, Sussex. A garden open day that fosters good relations with the local community and generates new support. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 9th and 16th June.
Foxhole Community Garden, Devon on the Dartington estate – long renowned for its social enterprise – the garden has been developed for people young and old, of all abilities, to engage them with gardening and nature and introduce them to the health and wellbeing benefits that can be derived. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 28th and 30th July.
The Courtyard at Minster on Sea, Isle of Sheppey. This garden has been carefully created by the owners for the enjoyment of their two young sons who are both wheelchair users, and now they specially welcome families with children with special needs. Opens for the National Garden Scheme various dates throughout the summer.
Allotments are becoming an increasingly popular addition to the National Garden Scheme portfolio and in 2019 nine new sites have joined the scheme including:
Middleton Hall Retirement Village, Darlington the extensive grounds are gloriously mature, endlessly interesting and with many hidden depths. 45 acres of features beckon; natural woodland and parkland, Japanese, Mediterranean and Butterfly Gardens, an Enchanted Forest, croquet lawn, putting green, allotments, ponds, wetland and bird hide. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 10th August.
Randalls Allotments, Surrey these well-presented allotments in Cobham, grow unusual vegetables, fruit & salad items from different countries. Guided tours are available by the knowledgeable owners of the plots. Green Fingers Garden Shop on site. If you have ever thought about ‘ Growing Your Own ‘ this will inspire you. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 8th September.
A remarkable example of Regency Brighton is Kemp Town Enclosures which has been the private garden for the residents since it was designed by Henry Phillips in the 1820s. Now it is opening for the first time to visitors who will be able to enjoy the five acres and many historical features as part of a special ticketed event. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 6th June.
Bryngwyn in Ceredigion near the far west coast of Wales, is opening for the first time and offering visitors a glimpse of what many people see as the future of gardens. It is a traditional wildflower rich hay meadow managed for wildlife, with mown paths winding through and a small orchard with heritage Welsh apples. The unfussy style, muted colours and views out make the garden merge imperceptibly into the landscape, a fusion with nature that is both calming and thrilling and a ground-breaking illustration of contemporary garden conservation and ecology. Opens for the National Garden Scheme 15th and 22nd June.
To find more new gardens opening for the National Garden Scheme this year visit find a garden and then select newly opened this year in advanced filters.