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Leicestershire June gardens

As summer begins, there’s some wonderful gardens to explore across Leicestershire…

28 Gladstone Street, Wigston Magna

The mature 70’x15′ town garden is divided into rooms and bisected by a pond with a bridge. It is brimming with unusual hardy perennials, inc collections of ferns and hostas. David Austin roses chosen for their scent feature throughout, inc a 30′ rose arch. A shade house with unusual hardy plants and a Hosta Theatre. Regular changes to planting. Open Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June.

Stoke Albany House, Market Harborough

4 acre country house garden; fine trees and shrubs with wide herbaceous borders and sweeping striped lawn. Good display of bulbs in spring, roses June and July. Walled grey garden; nepeta walk arched with roses, parterre with box and roses. Mediterranean garden. Heated greenhouse, potager with topiary, water feature garden and sculptures. Opens every Wednesday in June.

88 Brook Street & 109 Brook Street, Wymeswold

88 Brook Street is set on a hillside, which provides lovely views across the village, and comprises three distinct areas: firstly, a cottage style garden; then a series of water features inc a stream and a ‘champagne’ pond; and finally at the top there is a vegetable plot, small orchard and wildflower meadow. 109 Brook Street is a South facing, ¾ acre, gently sloping garden with views to open country. Modern garden with mature features. Patio with roses and clematis, wildlife and fish ponds, mixed borders, vegetable garden, orchard, hot garden and woodland garden. Opens Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June.

The Secret Garden at Wigston Framework Knitters Museum

Victorian walled garden approx 70’x80′ with traditional cottage garden planting, referred to as Higgledy Piggledy because of the random planting. Managed by a group of volunteers with much replanting during past 3 years. Garden located in the grounds of a historic museum, (an extra charge applies). A unique garden in the centre of Wigston which still retains an air of tranquillity. Opens Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June.

Dairy Cottage, Sapcote

Peaceful garden with places to sit and enjoy the old cottage setting. The garden is over half an acre which inc a walled cottage garden, stumpery, potager, fernery and woodland walk. The planting consists of many unusual shrubs and trees and over 90 clematis, climbing roses and colourful herbaceous borders. Opens Sunday 9th June.

Nevill Holt Hall, Market Harborough

Nevill Holt Hall dates from the C13. Spacious and well proportioned, 10 acres of gardens are designed by Chelsea gold medal winner Rupert Golby. Highlights inc 3 distinctive walled gardens and generous herbaceous borders showing off an ancient Cedar of Lebanon. Nevill Holt Festival is a monthlong programme of exceptional events featuring world class musicians, performers, and speakers. Opens from Tuesday 11th to Sunday 16th June.

The Old Rectory, Leicester

The garden surrounds the Georgian Old Rectory. It contains many species of trees, ranging in age from centuries-old to very young saplings. In early June, the rose garden is about to flower, and so the garden’s principal attractions are the rhododendrons, the wisteria, the hostas, and a sea of cow parsley in the woods around the gravel path. Opens Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June.

The Secret Garden, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester

Set within the grounds of the Glenfield Hospital, the Secret Garden is 1 acre in size, hidden behind the walls of a Victorian Walled garden which has been lovingly designed and restored for the benefit of all those who visit it and in consideration of the rich history and heritage of the garden and the wider Leicester Frith site. Opens Saturday 22nd June.

Westbrooke House, Market Harborough

Westbrooke House is a late Victorian property built in 1887. The gardens comprise 6 acres in total and are approached through a tree lined driveway of mature limes and giant redwoods. Key features are walled flower garden, walled kitchen garden, fernery, lower garden, wildlife pond, spring garden, lawns, woodland paths and a meadow with a wildflower area, ha-ha and hornbeam avenue. Opens Sunday 23rd June.

15 The Woodcroft, Diseworth

⅓ acre garden developed over 44 yrs with mature choice trees and shrubs, old and modern shrub roses, fern garden, wildlife garden, alpine troughs and mixed herbaceous borders, planted with a garden designer’s eye and a plantsman’s passion. Comfortable gazebo overlooking recently planted wildlife pond. New for 2024; the large border at the bottom of the garden has been refreshed. Opens Sunday 23rd June.

Brickfield House, Market Harborough

Lovely views overlooking the Welland Valley, this 2 acre garden has been developed from a sloping brickyard rubbish plot over 36 yrs. There is a kitchen garden, orchard, herbaceous borders filled with roses, perennials and shrubs, paths and many pots, filled with succulents, herbs and colourful annuals. Opens Friday 28th June.

Oak Tree House, South Kilworth

⅔ acre beautiful country garden full of colour, formal design, softened by cottage style planting. Modern sculptures. Large herbaceous borders, vegetable plots, pond, greenhouse, shady area, colour-themed borders. Extensive collections in pots, home to everything from alpines to trees. Trees with attractive bark. Many clematis and roses. Dramatic arched pergola. Constantly changing garden. Opens Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June.

Tresillian House, Melton Mowbray

¾ acre garden re-established by current owner. Beautiful blue cedar trees, specimen tulip tree. Variety of trees, plants and bushes reinstated. Original bog garden and natural pond. Koi pond; glass garden room holds exhibitions and recitals. Vegetable plot. Cowslips and bulbs in springtime. Wide variety of unusual plants, trees and shrubs. Quiet and tranquil oasis. Opens Sunday 30th June.

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