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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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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