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Open gardens in the area

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:28 am

I know the Ampthill ones are the last Sunday in June, are there any other local ones planned?

Have found Clophill:

http://www.opengardens.co.uk/open_gardens.php?id=1261

Aspley guise:

http://www.opengardens.co.uk/open_gardens.php?id=234

I met someone from Flitton the other day and they said they had open gardens but can't find any mention of them
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Re: Open gardens in the area

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:49 pm

spotted this in case anyone is inetrested
http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News ... 140047.htm

1. DRAGONS GLEN
17 Great Lane, Clophill, Bedford MK45 4BQ
Kate Gardner
Admission: £3.50 for adults, free for children
Sat, June 21 (12-6)
Sun, June 22 (12-5)
Sun, Sept 14, (2-5.30)
Located in Greensand Ridge, this garden offers an oriental feel throughout with a waterfall, wildlife pond, dry woodland and herbaceous borders. It can be found on the A6 between Bedford and Luton. St Mary’s Church will be serving homemade teas at the June open days as part of the open gardens weekend. Wheelchair access is available but to a limited extent due slopes and steps that feature in the garden.
2. 22 ELMSDALE ROAD
Wooton, Bedford MK43 9JN
Roy and Dianne Richards- 07733222495, roy.richardson60@ntlworld.com
Admission: £3.50 for adults, free for children
Sat, June 14 (1-5)
Sun, June 15 (1-5)
Boasting a genuine Japanese experience, this garden was built entirely from scratch by the owners, with a bamboo bridge, large koi pond and strictly Japanese plants, it provides an interesting experience for everyone.
3. THE FIRS
33 Bedford Road, Sandy, SG19 1EP
Mr and Mrs D Sutton- 01767 227589, d.sutton@ntlworld.com
Admission: £3.50 for adults, free for children
Visitors welcome by appointment
This town garden was designed and created from scratch. It is run organically over ¼ of an acre, consisting of everything from fruit, trees, shrubs, water features, gravel paths and even railway memorabilia. Wheelchair accessible.
4. 4 GEORGE STREET
Clapham, Bedford MK41 6AZ
Graham Bolton- 07746 864247, bolton_graham@hotmail.com
Admission: £2 for adults, free for children
Sun, April 27 (2-5.30)
Sat, May 3 (2-5.30)
This garden offers a large variety of alpines in two small scree gardens at the front and back of the bungalow. There are tubs consisting of a variety of plants including dwarf salix, rhododendrons, daphne’s, dwarf acers, conifers, pines, hellebores and epimediums. There are two small mixed borders with herbaceous salvias and lavender potentillas as well as two green houses and cold frames up for sale. There is limited wheelchair access due to gravel paths, but the garden can be viewed from the patio.
5. THE HYDE WALLED GARDEN
East Hyde, Luton LU2 9PS
D J J Hambro Will Trust
Admission: £4 for adults, free for children
Sat, June 14 (2-5)
Sun, July 14 (2-5)
A walled garden that joins onto the grounds of The Hyde. Rose gardens, seasonal beds and herbaceous borders are dispersed throughout the 1 acre, along with Victorian greenhouses, coldframes and a cucumber house.
6. KING’S ARMS GARDEN
1 Brinsmade Road, Ampthill MK45 2PP
Ampthill Town Council- 01525 755648, bryden.k@ntlworld.com
Admission: £2 for adults, free for children
For NGS:
Sun, Oct 26 (2.30-5)
Sun, Jan 25 (2015)
Plantsman, the late William Nourish created this woodland garden across 1 ½ acres consisting of trees, shrubs and bulbs. This garden has been maintained since 1987 by ‘The Friends of the Garden’ of behalf of Ampthill Town Council. There is wheelchair access to most of the garden.
7. LUTON HOO HOTEL GOLF AND SPA
The Mansion House, Luton Hoo, Luton LU1 3TQ
Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa- www.lutonhoo.co.uk
Admission: £5 for adults, free for children
Light refreshments will be provided
Sun, July 27 (11-4)
Designed by Capability Brown, the gardens and parkland are of national historic significance with Victorian grass tennis courts and late C19 sunken rockery. It also features lakes, woodland, herbaceous borders and a topiary garden. Wheelchair access is permitted.
8. LUTON HOO WALLED GARDEN
Luton Hoo Estate, Luton LU1 4LF
Exors of N H Phillips- 01582 879089, www.lhwg.org.uk
Admission: £3 for adults, free for children
For NGS: Sun, July 13 (11-4)
For other opening times, please phone or see the garden website
This garden, also designed by Capability Brown is spread out of 5 acres. It was established by Lord Bute in the late 1760s and has since been adapted to match the change in horticultural fashions. It fell into decline in the 1980s but is now being restored. There are exhibitions on the history of the garden and old tools as well as guided tours and illustrated talks. Wheelchair access is available through the whole garden.
9. THE MANOR HOUSE, BARTON-LE-CLAY
87 Manor Road, Barton-le-Clay MK45 4NR
Mrs Veronica Pilcher
Admission: £4 for combined admission with Wayside Cottage, free for children
Sun, June 22 (2-5)
This garden is very water orientated with a series of waterfalls, a picturesque stream and a sunken garden with lilypond. Aside from water features the garden has colourful planting alongside the stream consisting of arum lillies and wisteria decorating the rear of the house. Children must be supervised at all times as there is a water hazard. There is partial wheelchair access.
10. THE MANOR HOUSE, STEVINGTON
Church Road, Stevington, nr Bedford MK43 7QB
Kathy Brown- 01234 822064, www.kathybrownsgarden.com
Admission £4.50 for adults including wine, free for children
Fri, June 20 (6-9)
The evening will consist of music, wine and canapés to accompany the 4 acre garden perfectly. Simon and Kathy Brown designed the garden themselves with roses and other plant climbers decorating the house walls, a wild flower meadow, an edible flower border and major container displays. Coaches are available by arrangement and there is partial wheelchair access throughout the garden.
11. THE OLD RECTORY
Church Lane, Wrestlingworth, Sandy SG19 2EU
Mrs Josephine Hoy
Admission: £4 for adults, free for children
Sun, June 1 (2-6)
A 4 acre garden with mixed borders, flower meadows, natural pond and box parterres. It also consists of an orchard full of mature tree and gravel and terraced gardens. Wheelchair access is available but it may be limited due to grass paths,
12. THE OLD VICARAGE
Church Road, Westoning MK45 5JW
Ann and Colin Davies- 01525 712721, ann@no1colin.plus.com
Admission: £3.50 for adults, free for children
Sun, June 29 (2-5.30)
Visitors are welcome from March to July by appointment but there is no parking for coaches.
A traditional vicarage garden with many shrubs and trees including grandiflora and laurel hedges. The 2 acre garden has recently had a cornfield meadow, herbaceous beds, a pond and an English rose garden amongst its features. In spring time there are many daffodils and hellebores on display. Wheelchair access is good.
13. OLD WARDEN VILLAGE GARDENS- 7 GARDENS OPENING
Old Warden, Biggleswade SG18 9HB
Admission: £4 for adults, free for children
Entry is a combined entry for-The Vicarage, Orcahrd Grange, Swiss Cottage, 28 The Village, 30 The Village, 31 The Village and 49 The Village.
The Vicarage
Michael & Sue Scott
In this woodland setting, there are roses, clematis, perennials and container plantings to view. Many seats are provided as a more relaxed way to enjoy the garden.
Orchard Grange
Mrs Victoria Diggle
This is the largest of the Old Warden gardens and consist of a walled kitchen garden and a wildflower orchard.
Swiss Cottage
Mr Paul Quenby
Swiss cottage and the other village gardens all mostly consist of bedding schemes, topiary and a few little hidden surprises. They are all wheelchair accessible but there are some steps, banks and gravel paths.
14. PARK END THATCH
58 Park Road, Stevington, Bedford MK43 7QG
Susan Young- 01234 826430, susankyoung@btconnect.com, www.skygardeninganddesign.com
Admission: £4 for adults, free for children
Sun, May 25 (12-5)
Sun, June 22 (12-5)
Visitors are welcome by appointment between May and July, please phone for more information
Designed by the owner themselves, a member of The Professional Gardeners’ Guild, this garden is set within ½ of an old orchard. This garden has featured in Garden News as Garden of The Week for its beautiful roses and pergola, herbaceous borders, small plant nursery and fruit and herb production.
15. SWISS GARDEN
Old Warden Park, Old Warden, Biggleswade SG18 9ER
Shuttleworth Trust in Partnership with Central Beds Council- www.shuttleworth.org
Admission: £6 for adults, free for children
Sun, Sept 21 (9.30-5)
This garden has undergone a major reconstruction and only re-opens again this summer. It was originally built for the 3rd Lord Ongley in the early 19th Century. Paths from the garden lead to the thatched Swiss Cottage itself. The restoration has seen all the features improve including the ironwork, ponds and garden decorations.
16. WAYSIDE COTTAGE
74 Manor Road, Barton-le-Clay MK45 4NR
Nigel Barrett
Admission: £4 for adults, combined with The Manor House, free for children
Sun, June 22 (2-5)
This garden has been developed over 50 years and is spread across a ½ acre plot. It offers a pond with fountain and waterfalls, flower borders and mature trees and shrubs.
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Re: Open gardens in the area

Postby Sveti » Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:53 pm

Thanks for all the info Carolyn - I love visiting gardens!
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