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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Wildlife in the Garden

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

We are often asked about how to attract wildlife into your gardens, be it birds to watch – having taken part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, I know how interesting this can be – or to encourage beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies. Having climbing plants in the garden is a great opportunity for wildlife, particularly for birds to roost and nest. You can plant climbers up any vertical space like a wall or fence, even a structure like a pergola. If you chose a climber with flowers, i.e. clematis or rose, you will also attract bees. With planning in your garden, you can have...

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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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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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Gardens to visit – May – June 2015

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in gardening, Gardens, Hertfordshire, Open Gardens, Places to visit | 0 comments

With The Chelsea Flower Show kicking off the busy garden show season why not take some time out to visit: Hatfield House Garden Show: Open Saturday and Sunday 30-31 May which features specialist nurseries, so is a great place to stock up on some new plants. Hitchin Lavender: Opens 2nd May – with the flowering season mid-June until the end of September. They are open every day for visitors to walk through miles of Lavender rows, the flowers of which can also be picked. Kathy Brown’s Garden: Based at The Manor House in Stevington, Beds. This is a fabulous garden that you can easily...

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