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Northumberland Open Gardens – Fallodon Hall, Middle Grange & Stanton Fence

Northumberland has a treat in store for visitors this weekend with three beautiful gardens opening on Saturday 24 June and Sunday 25 June – Fallodon Hall, Middle Grange and Stanton Fence.

 

Fallodon Hall

 

Fallodon Hall has a fascinating history, renowned as one of the original gardens to open for the National Garden Scheme in 1927 and the birth place of Earl Charles Grey. Fallodon is now the home of Mark and Lucia Bridgeman. The garden is extensive and well-established with a 30 metre border finishing beside a hot greenhouse and bog garden. The late C17 walls of the kitchen garden surround cutting and vegetable borders and the fruit greenhouse. Notable features include the sunken garden which was replanted in 1898, and the maturing millennium arboretum beside the pond, featuring the grave of Sir Edward Grey of Fallodon, the politician and fly fisherman – another famous resident of the house.

Open Saturday 24 June (2 – 5pm). Admission £4.50, children free. Home-made teas available in stable yard.

Refreshments in aid of local churches.

 

Middle Grange

 

Sir Michael and Lady Darrington are opening their garden for the National Garden Scheme for the first time this weekend. Over the last few years they have created a traditional garden with a very modern feel. Previously farm land, Middle Grange is now a secret herbaceous heaven! Key features include a stunning gravel garden, pond, large hexagonal pergola, lawn with borders and imposing three tier terrace topped by a seating area – all of which feature mature, colourful planting of superb quality. The meadow area leads to breath-taking views across the countryside.

Open Saturday 24 June (2 – 5.30pm). Admission £5.00, children free. Tea and cakes available.

Visitors also welcome by arrangement April to August. Well behaved children and dogs on leads welcome. Please enquire about the price when booking.

 

Stanton Fence

 

Designed by Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Arabella Lennox-Boyd, this delightful 4.7 acre country garden is not to be missed – home to Sir David and Lady Kelly. The garden is contemporary yet in keeping with its rural setting. A strong underlying design unites the different areas from formal parterre and courtyard garden to orchard, wild flower meadows and woodland. Notable features include the rose covered arbours, long clematis draped pergola walk, nuttery, kitchen garden and greenhouse. Both Robert Iley, the garden builder, and the current gardener, will be available for questions.

Open Sunday 25 June (1 – 5pm). Admission £5.00, children free. Home-made teas available.

Refreshments in aid of St Giles Church Maintenance Fund.

 

Why not visit the Northumberland Facebook page for more information on garden openings: https://www.facebook.com/gardensopenforcharity/

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