Hertfordshire Gardens

Across Hertfordshire there are a range of gardens open to raise money for the National Garden Scheme and their beneficiary charities. There’s the option to visit on an open day or to organise a private visit by arrangement with the garden owner for a group or with friends and family, so there’s something to suit everyone! See below for further details about the gardens available to visit…

Alswick Hall, Buntingford

Listed Tudor House with 5 acres of landscaped gardens set in unspoiled farmland. 2 well established natural ponds with rockeries. Herbaceous borders, shrubs, woodland walk and wildflower meadow with a fantastic selection of daffodils, tulips, camassias and crown imperials. Opens Sunday 16th April and Sunday 24th September.

Amwell Cottage, Wheathampstead

Informal garden of approx 2½ acres around C17 cottage. Large orchard of mature apples, plums and pear, planted with daffodils and laid out with paths. Extensive lawns with borders, framed by tall yew hedges and old brick walls. Opens Sunday 26th March.

Ashridge House, Berkhamsted

The gardens cover 190 acres forming part of the Grade II Landscape of Ashridge Park. Based on designs by Humphry Repton, who presented the Red Book detailing his designs in 1813, and modified by Jeffry Wyatville. Opens Monday 29th May.

2 Barlings Road, Harpenden

This garden has been developed over many years to provide a haven of privacy and peace in an urban setting. Mature trees, shrubs, climbers and perennials give year-round structure and colour. Opens Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July.

Beesonend House, Harpenden

4 garden areas. East garden lawn with herbaceous borders, pleached hedges, Japanese-themed border sitting under eucalyptus tree. South garden laid lawn with herbaceous borders with semi-mature Lebanese cedar. Opens Sunday 30th April.

Benington Lordship, Stevenage

7 acre site dating back to Saxon times which inc the ruin of a C12 Norman keep and C19 neo Norman folly. Garden comprises rose garden, walled kitchen garden with wildflower meadow, vegetables and bantams, orchard and lakes. Opens Sunday 28th May.

Brambley Hedge, Hitchin

Brambley Hedge covers an area of 0.25 acres approximately. The front garden is mainly set to shrubs and small trees. The rear garden is sections or ‘rooms’ planted in a cottage style, with around 40 varieties of roses, popular and some less common perennials. Opens Sunday 4th June.

Brent Pelham Hall, Buntingford

Surrounding a beautiful Grade I listed property, the gardens consist of 12 acres of formal gardens, redesigned in 2007 by the renowned landscaper Kim Wilkie. With 2 walled gardens, a potager, walled kitchen garden, greenhouses, orchard and a new double herbaceous border, there is lots to discover. This garden opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of 10+.

The Celebration Garden, St Albans

The Celebration Garden is sited next to our famous dahlia field. Dahlias are planted amongst other herbaceous plants and shrubs. We also have a wildflower border complete with insect hotel. Opens from Saturday 26th August to Sunday 10th September.

10 Cross Street, Letchworth Garden City

A garden with mature fruit trees is planted for interest throughout the year. The structure of the garden evolved around 3 circles- 2 grass lawns and a wildlife pond. Opens Monday 10th April.

Danesbury Fernery, Welwyn

Danesbury Fernery was designed and built in 1859. The circular grassy site contains a Pulhamite (an artificial rock) grotto and cascade, Victorian water cistern and a rustic bridge over a plant river! Opens Thursday 8th and Saturday 10th June.

35 Digswell Road, Welwyn Garden City

Town garden of around a ⅓ acre with naturalistic planting inspired by the Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf. The garden has perennial borders plus a small meadow packed with herbaceous plants and grasses. Opens Sunday 30th July.

Eastmoor Lodge

Beautiful modern garden of half an acre featuring an extensive collection of David Austin roses, various perennials, dwarf azaleas, rhododendrons and beautiful hydrangeas. Opens Friday 16th and Sunday 18th June.

1 Elia Cottage, Ware

A ⅓ acre garden reflecting the seasons. Snowdrops, hellebores and crocus welcome visitors in spring. Followed later in June by clematis and roses uneven paths with pond, cascade water features, stream with Monet-style bridge. Opens Friday 16th and Sunday 18th June.

42 Falconer Road, Watford

Enchanting, magical and unusual Victorian style space. Bird cages and chimney pots feature, plus a walk through conservatory with many plants. Children so very welcome. Winter viewing for fairyland lighting, for all ages. Opens from Saturday 24th June to Sunday 2nd July and Sunday 29th October.

39 Firs Wood Close

Situated within Northaw Park, a 3 acre garden made up of a woodland area, a field inc a wildflower meadow and a more formal ½ acre around the house. Raised vegetable beds and Victorian greenhouse. Opens Sunday 14th May.

28 Fishpool Street, St Albans

Sculpted box and yew hedging and a C17 Tripe House feature strongly in this tranquil oasis set in the vicinity of St Albans Cathedral. Gravel paths lead to a lawn surrounded by late flowering sustainable herbaceous perennial borders and a relaxed woodland retreat. Opens Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th June.

Gable House, Much Hadham

Enjoy this colourful and walled village garden of just under an acre. Surrounding the house on 3 sides, the design is both formal and naturalistic, with structural clipped evergreens and wildlife friendly grassy areas. Opens Saturday 8th July.

Gaddesden House, Berkhamsted

10 acre garden with lovely views onto the NT Golden Valley. Variety of established wildflower meadows, 30m mixed border planted with bulbs, grasses, ‘prairie’ plants, perennials, unusual annuals, shrubs and topiarised holly trees, kitchen garden with raised beds and bay topiary, an orchard, rhododendrons, interesting trees and woodland. Opens Sunday 4th June.

15 Gade Valley Cottages, Hemel Hempstead

Medium sized sloping rural garden. Patio, lawn, borders and pond. Paths lead through a woodland area emerging by wildlife pond and sunny border. A choice of seating offers views across the beautiful Gade Valley or quiet shady contemplation with sounds of rustling bamboos and bubbling water. Opens Sunday 28th May and Sunday 23rd July.

8 Gosselin Road, Hertford

Daisy Roots nursery garden acts as trial ground and show case for perennials and ornamental grasses grown there. Over 150 varieties of snowdrop in February, deep borders packed with perennials and grasses later in the year. Opens Wednesday 22nd March, 19th April, 23rd August, 27th September and 4th October.

Greenwood House, Welwyn

Secluded garden of ⅓ acre surrounds our contemporary home and backs on to a beautiful ancient woodland. Garden has been transformed in last 12 years, with mature trees providing a natural backdrop to the many shrubs and perennials which provide interest and colour throughout the seasons. Opens Sunday 16th July.

Hatfield House West Garden, Hatfield

Visitors can enjoy the spring bulbs in the lime walk, sundial garden and view the famous Old Palace garden, childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I. The adjoining woodland garden is at its best in spring with masses of naturalised daffodils and bluebells. Opens Saturday 18th March.

16 Langley Crescent, St Albans

A compact walled garden set on a slope with a wide range of unusual herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees, both edible and ornamental, and a gentle ambience. Opens Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd June.

The Lodge, Tring

A garden designed to attract pollinating insects. 1 acre of formal garden, inc pond, water features, sculptures, woodland walk) bordered by 3 acres of wildflower meadows, an orchard and vegetable garden. Opens Saturday 24th June.

12 Longmans Close, Watford

Hertfordshire’s Tiny Tropical Garden. See how dazzling colour, scent, lush tropical foliage, trickling water and clever use of pots in a densely planted small garden can transport you to the tropics. Opens Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August.

The Manor House, Ayot St Lawrence

A 6 acre garden set in mature landscape around Elizabethan Manor House (not open). 1 acre walled garden inc glasshouses, fruit and vegetables, double herbaceous borders, rose and herb beds. Opens Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May.

43 Mardley Hill, Welwyn

An unexpected garden created by plantaholics and packed with unusual plants. Focus on foliage and long season of interest. Various areas: alpine bed; sunny border; deep shade; white-stemmed birches and woodland planting; naturalistic stream, pond and bog; chicken house and potted vegetables; potted exotics. Opens Monday 29th May.

Morning Light, Rickmansworth

South facing plantsman’s garden, densely planted with mainly hardy and tender perennials and shrubs in a shady environment. Astilbes and phlox prominently featured. Opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of up to 20.

Patchwork, Berkhamsted

¼ acre garden with lots of year-round colour, interest and perfume, particularly on opening days. Sloping site containing rockeries, 2 small ponds, herbaceous borders, island beds with bulbs in spring and dahlias in summer, roses, fuchsias, hostas, begonias, patio pots and tubs galore. Opens Sunday 30th April and Sunday 20th August.

Pie Corner, Bedmond

A garden designed to complement the modern classical house. Formal borders near the house, pond and views across lawn towards valley. More informal shrub plantings with bulbs edge the woodland. Opens Sunday 30th April.

The Pines, Ware

Plantsman’s garden with many unusual plants, created by present owner over 30 yrs. 1 acre, E/W axis so much shade, sandy soil over chalk but can grow ericaceous plants. Front garden formal with fountain. Opens Sunday 28th May and Sunday 24th September.

Reveley Lodge, Bushey Heath

2½ acre garden surrounding a Grade II listed Victorian house. Restored conservatory with collection of tender and exotic plants. Rose garden planted with many old roses. Opens Sunday 6th August.

54 Reynards Road, Welwyn

An enthusiast’s garden of approx 2 acres with large perennial borders, pergolas, an orchard and extensive trees and hedging set at the end of Reynards Road bordering onto fields. Opens Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th June.

Rustling End Cottage, Codicote

Meander through our wildflower meadow to a cottage garden with contemporary planting. Behind lumpy hedges explore a garden managed for wildlife. Natural planting provides an environment for birds, small mammals and insects. Opens Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June.

St Paul's Walden Bury, Hitchin

Spectacular formal woodland garden, Grade I listed, laid out 1720, covering over 50 acres. Long rides lined with clipped beech hedges lead to temples, statues, lake and a terraced theatre. Opens Sunday 2nd April, 14th May and 11th June.

St Stephens Avenue Gardens, St Albans

2 gardens of similar size and the same aspect, developed in totally different ways. No. 20 is designed for year-round colour, fragrance and structure. Dense planting makes it impossible to see from one end of the garden to the other, enticing visitors to explore. No. 30 has a southwest facing gravelled front garden that has a Mediterranean feel. Herbaceous plants, such as sea hollies and achilleas, thrive in the poor, dry soil. Opens Sunday 25th June and 3rd September.

Sarratt Community Garden, Rickmansworth

A thriving, productive community garden, growing fruit, veg and cut flowers for local people. This garden is run on organic principles, with a passion for the environment and education. Opens Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July.

Serendi, Letchworth Garden City

A mass of tulips and other spring bulbs. Many different areas within a well designed garden: silver birch grove, a ‘dribble of stones’, rill, contemporary knot garden, dry area with alliums. Opens Sunday 23rd April.

Serge Hill Gardens

2 large country gardens a short walk from each other. Tom and Sue Stuart-Smith’s garden at The Barn has an enclosed courtyard with tanks of water, herbaceous perennials and shrubs tolerant of generally dry conditions. Next door at Serge Hill, there is a lovely walled garden with a large foster and pearson greenhouse, orderly rows of vegetables, and disorderly self-seeded annuals and perennials. Opens Sunday 18th June, pre-booking essential.

Sunnyside Rural Trust Trail, Hemel Hempstead

Sunnyside Rural Trust is a therapeutic horticultural charity and social enterprise, which supports young people and adults with learning disabilities with training and employment at 3 garden sites in Dacorum, SW Hertfordshire. Opens Saturday 13th May.

9 Tannsfield Drive, Hemel Hempstead

A town garden to surprise. Dense planting together with the ever-present sound of water, create an intimate and welcoming oasis of calm. Opens Sunday 4th June and 2nd July.

Thundridge Hill House, Ware

Well established garden of approx 2½ acres; good variety of plants, shrubs and roses, attractive hedges. Visitors often ask for the unusual yellow only bed. Several delightful places to sit. Open Sunday 18th June.

Walkern Hall, Stevenage

Walkern Hall is essentially a winter woodland garden. Set in 8 acres, this medieval hunting park is known more for its established trees such as the tulip trees and a magnificent London plane tree which dominates the garden. Following on in March and April is a stunning display of daffodils. and other spring bulbs. Opens Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March.

Waterend House, St Albans

A hidden garden of 4 acres sets off an elegant Jacobean Manor House (not open). Steep grass slopes and fine views of glorious countryside. Large quantities of spring bulbs, formal flint-walled garden. Roses, peonies and irises in the summer. Formal beds and lots of colour throughout the year. Mature specimen trees, ponds, formal vegetable garden and chickens. This garden opens By Arrangement from February to November for groups of between 20 and 25.

Woodhall Park, Hertford

Stunning, recently-restored C18 , 6 acre Walled Gardens at Woodhall Estate The gardens have been meticulously restored (2020-21), designed by Lady Caroline Egremont. The formal Upper Garden with symmetrical shrub and herbaceous borders, and the Lower Garden laid out to wildflower meadows and fruit trees, inc a large collection of rare and specially grafted Hertfordshire apples. Opens Sunday 2nd July.

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