Leicestershire May gardens

Carlton Gardens, Carlton

Five very different and interesting gardens displaying a variety of styles and a range of spring flowers. Bumble Cot is a small courtyard style garden, 64, Main Street is planted to encourage wildlife with views to open countryside with a variety of trees. Woodmill is a recently redeveloped garden with areas planted in both traditional and modern styles. Penwood is a small, pretty cottage garden and Home Farm is an informal, family garden with a beautiful spring woodland of 1½ acres, planted in 2000. Opens Sunday 12th May.

Goadby Marwood Hall & The Old Rectory, Goadby Marwood

Goadby Marwood Hall  was redesigned in 2000 by the owner based on C18 plans. A chain of five lakes (covering 10 acres) and several ironstone walled gardens all interconnected. Lakeside woodland walk. Planting for year-round interest. Landscaper trained under plantswoman Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House. Beautiful C13th church open. A walled garden surrounds the listed Georgian Old Rectory. The front facade is clad with wisteria which flowers in May. Of special interest are the Courtyard Garden, Cotinus Border and Coach House Walk recently designed by Bunny Guinness. Also features a parterre, wildflower meadow and woodland border with a fine, centuries old copper beech tree. Opens Sunday 19th May.

Hedgehog Hall, Tilton on the Hill

½ acre organically managed plant lover’s garden. Steps leading to three stone walled terraced borders filled with shrubs, perennials, bulbs and a patio over looking the valley. Lavender walk, herb border, beautiful spring garden, colour themed herbaceous borders. Courtyard with collection of hostas and acers and terrace planted for year-round interest with topiary and perennials. Opens Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May.

8 Hinckley Road, Stoke Golding

A small SSW garden with water features to add interest to the colourful and some unusual perennials inc climbers to supplement the trees and shrubs in May and July. Garden established and recently re-established by current owner to provide seating for a variety of views of the garden. Many perennials in the garden are represented in the plants for sale. Opens Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May.

The New Barn, Desford

A large, sloping garden of ¾ acre with wonderful views. Enter via a side gate and follow a narrow path opening up into what feels like a large secret garden, different levels and spaces add to this illusion enabling you to admire the planting and views. This is a well established plantsman’s garden with many unusual plants, inc a collection of Asters and Benton irises. National Collection of Geranium Phaeum cultivars. Opens Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May.

1 The Dairy, Hurst Court, Chilcote

Developed over the last 17 years from a muddy ¼ acre patch attached to a barn conversion, the garden now contains a large Japanese Koi Carp pond, goldfish pond and a stream with planting having a Japanese connection viewed from winding paths. With many rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas combined with cloud pruning and a variety of other plants, an air of peace pervades the garden. Opens Sunday 19th May.

Westview, Great Glen

Organically managed small walled cottage garden with year-round interest. Rare and unusual plants, many grown from seed. Formal box parterre, courtyard garden, alpines, herbaceous borders, woodland areas with unusual ferns, small wildlife pond, greenhouse, vegetables, fruit and herbs. Collection of Snowdrops. Recycled materials used to make quirky garden ornaments and water feature. Opens Saturday 25th and Monday 27th May.

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 26th May

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