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Gardens to visit

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens, Hertfordshire, Open Gardens | Comments Off on Gardens to visit

Alswick Hall Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 0AA This is a Tudor house with 5 acres of landscaped gardens, set in unspoiled farmland. It includes two natural ponds with rockeries, herbaceous borders, shrubs, roses, extensive dahlia beds, a woodland walk and a wild flower meadow. A lovely location, with a Plant Fair on the 11th September. Opening times: 11th September 2-5pm Entrance fees: Adults: £5.00 / Children: £0.00 Contact: Cathy Curtis – Telephone:01992 585969   Huntsmoor Stoney Lane, Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP3 0DP A Rose garden, rhododendron border, arboretum,...

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Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens, Hertfordshire, Open Gardens, Places to visit | 0 comments

Threshing Barn,Bullsmill Lane, Waterford, Hertford, SG14 2RF The Threshing Barn is a conversion dating back to the 1890s, in the peaceful rural setting of Waterford with a nature reserve in close proximity and open views across the Beane flood plain. The river side garden is a mix of perennial and herbaceous borders leading down to the stream. Evening opening Friday 8 July (6 – 9pm). Wine. Sunday 10 July (2 – 5.30pm). Home-made teas. Admission £4.00, children free. 8 Chapel Road Breachwood Green, Hitchin SG4 8NU In the heart of the village surrounding a C17 cottage is an...

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Rustling End Cottage Garden

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Carolines Blog, gardening, Gardens, Open Gardens, Places to visit | Comments Off on Rustling End Cottage Garden

Rustling End, Codicote SG4 8TD (Take the B656 north from Codicote or south from Hitchin. Going north from Codicote, after 1 mile turn left into ‘Three Houses Lane’ (going south from Hitchin take the B656 towards Codicote, travel through Langley then turn right into ‘Three Houses Lane’). Then take the first turning on the right to Rustling End. Rustling End Cottage is the second house on the left-hand side of the lane. Meander through the wild flower meadow to a cottage garden with contemporary planting. Behind lumpy hedges explore a simple box parterre, topiary,...

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Featured Garden – Bennington Lordship

Posted by on Mar 12, 2016 in Gardens, Hertfordshire, Open Gardens, Places to visit | 0 comments

Bennington Lordship: Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 7BS (08701)261709 This is their most popular event when the gardens are carpeted in a spectacular display of snowdrops around the remains of the Norman Castle and surrounding moat. Hellebores, Aconites and winter flowering shrubs are also in flower, as well as the coloured stems of Acers, Cornus and Willow around the lakes. A collection of rare and unusual Snowdrops has been built up over the years many of which can be found growing in the borders & a labelled collection of 200 varieties is kept in and around the walled Kitchen...

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Autumn Gardens to visit

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Gardens, Open Gardens, Places to visit | 0 comments

Scott’s Grotto Scotts Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9JQ is a series of six interconnected chambers decorated with thousands of shells, flints and pieces of coloured glass, extending 67ft into a chalk hillside. On top of the hill you can also discover the summerhouse, which in its day would have commanded a wonderful view over Ware. Scott’s Grotto was extensively restored in 1990 and is a Grade I listed site. The summerhouse and gardens are Grade II. Open Saturday 12th September 2.00pm – 5.00pm Sunday 13th September 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Free Entry. Michael’s Folly,...

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Gardens to visit: July – August 2015

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in gardening, Gardens, Hertfordshire, Open Gardens, Places to visit | 0 comments

Did you know, that England is the most garden-loving country in the world, with more gardens open to the public than anywhere else. London is the Garden Capital of the world, in the sense of having a higher proportion of garden-loving residents than any other capital city. However, there are disappointingly few great English gardens in London: one therefore has to travel by car or train to other English regions to find great gardens to visit. The most famous period in English garden history is the eighteenth century, when the original English landscape gardens were made. Alswick Hall,...

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