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Wiltshire gardens open in May

Throughout May, Wiltshire has a range of gardens to visit and explore. Click on the gardens below to find out more…

Blackland House, Calne

A wonderfully varied 5 acre garden adjacent to the River Marden (house not open). Formal walled productive and cutting garden, traditional glasshouses, rose garden and wide herbaceous borders. Interesting topiary, trained fruit trees, historic tulips (including the National Collection of historic tulips) and other unusual spring bulbs. Open Wednesday 1st May, pre-booking essential.

Allington Grange, Chippenham

Informal country garden around C17 farmhouse (not open) with year-round interest and a diverse range of plants. Many early spring bulbs. Mixed and herbaceous borders. Pergola underplanted with shade loving plants and newly developed fountain garden. Walled potager. Wildlife pond with natural planting. Opens Sunday 5th May.

Cottage in the Trees, nr Salisbury

Enchanting ½ acre cottage garden, immaculately planted with water feature, raised vegetable beds, small wildlife pond and gravel garden. Spring bulbs, hellebores and pulmonarias give a welcome start to the season, with pots and baskets, roses and clematis. Mixed borders of herbaceous plants, collection of geraniums, dahlias, grasses and shrubs giving year-round interest. Opens Sunday 12th May.

Manor Farm House, Devizes

2 acre plantsman’s garden originally designed by Michael Balston and updated by us over the past 12 yrs. Lawned areas with borders surrounded by hornbeams and yew hedging, long border and gravel garden by tennis court, formal vegetable garden with buxus parterres and meadow with spring bulbs, box mound and walkway through moisture loving plants. Opens Sunday 12th May.

Biddestone Manor, Biddestone

Cotswold stone C17 manor house (not open) with 5 acres of garden to enjoy. Lake, ponds, streams, arboretum, vegetable, cutting gardens and orchard. Formal front garden featuring box and yew topiary. Opens Friday 17th May.

Winkelbury House, Shaftesbury

1½ acres with glorious views of surrounding countryside. The garden has evolved over last 6 yrs to inc kitchen garden with bothy and greenhouse, mown paths through informal areas, meadow planted with spring bulbs, 30m iris border, ha-ha, wildlife pond and bee friendly planting. Opens Saturday 18th May.

1 Southview, Devizes

An atmospheric and very long town garden, full of wonderful planting surprises at every turn. Densely planted with both pots near the house and large borders further up, it houses a collection of beautiful and often unusual plants, shrubs and trees many with striking foliage. Colour from seasonal flowers is interwoven with this textural tapestry. Opens Sunday 19th May.

Trymnells, Devizes

Trymnells is a relatively new garden which was started approx 6 yrs ago. It is now maturing and has many trees, shrubs, hedges and perennials. The garden is steep and slopes up from the property and reaches a steep bank at the very top. Sleepers, fences, walls and plants have imposed a sense of structure with bulbs and perennials providing wonderful colour. Opens Sunday 19th May.

Twigs Community Garden, Swindon

Delightful 2 acre community garden, created and maintained by volunteers. Features inc 7 individual display gardens, ornamental pond, plant nursery, Iron Age round house, artwork, fitness trail, separate kitchen garden site, Swindon beekeepers and the haven, overflowing with wildflowers. Opens Sunday 19th May.

Bowden Park, Chippenham

22 acre private garden within surrounding parkland. Pleasure garden, water garden, working kitchen garden with formal lawns and grotto. Rhododendrons and azaleas in flower. Extensive views of surrounding countryside. Opens Wednesday 22nd May.

Knoyle Place, Salisbury

Very beautiful and elegant garden created over 60 years by previous and current owners. Above the house there are several acres of mature rhododendron and magnolia woodland planting. Among the many different areas in this 9 acre garden is a box parterre, rose garden, vegetable garden and, around the house, a recently planted formal garden designed by Dan Combes. Opens Saturday 25th May.

Lower Lye, Salisbury

The gardens at Lower Lye are exceptional and were completely reconfigured by the landscape architect Michael Balston 24 yrs ago. An extremely large garden, approx 9 acres placed on the brow of the hill with wonderful views across the valley and the magnificent King Alfred’s Tower in the distance. Opens Saturday 25th May, pre-booking essential.

Tristenagh House, Devizes

Garden of approx 2 acres, created over the past 20 yrs. Island beds with a mixture of herbaceous plants, bulbs, annuals and shrubs. Year-round structure provided by beech and yew hedges, box topiary and by mature beech and Scots pine trees. Small vegetable garden. Some gravelled areas with containers. Good views of valley from terrace. Opens Saturday 25th May.

Hyde's House, Dinton

3 acres of wild and formal garden in beautiful situation with series of hedged garden rooms. Numerous shrubs, flowers and borders, all allowing tolerated wildflowers and preferred weeds, while others creep in. Large walled kitchen garden, herb garden and C13 dovecote (open). Charming C16/18 Grade I listed house (not open), with lovely courtyard. Every year varies. Free walks around park and lake. Opens Sunday 26th May.

North Cottage, Tisbury

Walk through the vegetables onto mown paths past wild flowers via the pleached limes to the Cottage. Although modest there’s great variety, each part of the garden differs in style and feel but remains cohesive. Difficult to describe so do come and see for yourself. Augmented by pottery and woodwork handmade by us. Opens Sunday 26th May.

Riverside House, Marlborough

Beautiful wisteria-clad village house (originally a farmhouse) dating back to C16, with William and Mary additions in late C17. Cottage style garden of over 1 acre, with many wild areas, mature trees and herbaceous borders. A charming rose garden and lawns sweeping down to a stream and small pond, with fine views to the south over water meadows to hills beyond. Opens Wednesday 29th May.

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