Get inspired at gardens created by Chelsea designers


From secret gardens to wildlife retreats, sensory spaces and diverse textures, 2018’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show will undoubtedly inspire garden lovers across the country.

If you find yourself inspired by this year’s show, the National Garden Scheme open a range of gardens created by designers whose work is showcased at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, including this year’s winner of Best Show Garden, Chris Beardshaw. Sample the delights of these designer’s work with a trip to one of these beautiful gardens.


Chris Beardshaw


9 Landscape Road

Set in a quarter of an acre, 9 Landscape Road has been created by one of this year’s Show Garden designers, Chris Beardshaw.

Divided into separate spaces by pleached lime trees, yew and beech hedges, this Surrey garden is great for exploring. With a formal pond, mixed borders and a productive fruit and veg patch, there’s no better setting to enjoy a cup of tea and a nice slice of cake.

The garden is open 16th June 2018 between 14:00 – 17:00.


Jo Thompson

Credit: Helen Harrison

Ladham House

One to look out for next year, set within ten acres, Ladham House in Kent offers many beautiful plants, trees and shrubs.

Wander through the bluebells on a woodland walk, or explore the rose garden and arboretum. With ponds, a vegetable garden and Edwardian sunken rockery, this is a garden not to be missed.

There is also a spectacular sixty metre twin border, as well as a white pool garden designed by Jo Thompson.

Ladham House has opened for the National Garden Scheme for over 20 years and opened in April 2018.


Tamara Bridge


Kettle Hill

With herbaceous borders, wild flower meadows and a secret garden, Kettle Hill in Norfolk is a real treat for any garden lover.

Visit in June to see stunning rose gardens in bloom, and follow the grass paths through the woods. There are also excellent views across Morston to the sea, framed by lavender, roses and sky.

Kettle Hill has been developed by the owner with design elements from George Carter and Tamara Bridge.

The garden is open 9th June 2018 between 11:30 – 16:00.


Tom Stuart-Smith

Credit: Harpur GL


This romantic 18th Century walled garden in Essex, laid out by Lady Anne Spencer, overflows with blooms following Tom Stuart-Smith’s renovation. Huge wisteria, and armies of Lord Butler delphiniums populate this beautiful space, as well as spectacular rose and herbaceous borders.

Sit and enjoy the garden with a pot of tea, or stroll through the Victorian woodland along the River Colne.

The garden is open on 3rd June 2018 between 14:00 – 17:00.


The following gardens designed by Tom Stuart-Smith are also available to visit:

Rolf’s Farm, Sussex

Open 6th June 2018, 10:00 – 15:00


Broughton Grange, Oxfordshire

Open 15th July 2018, 10:00 – 17:00


Grendon Court, Herefordshire

Open 2nd September 2018, 14:00 – 17:30 and open by arrangement between June and October.


Brockhamtpon Cottage, Herefordshire

Open 2nd September 2018, 13:00 – 16:00


Cogshall Grange, Cheshire

Open 8th July 2018, 11:00 – 17:00

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