CHARLTON DOWN HOUSE Charlton Down, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8TZ A new opening for the NGS, in an 180-acre equestrian estate with extensive country house gardens, tulips nearing their peak with lovely colour contrasts, formal terraces, perennial borders, walled topiary garden, enclosed cut flower garden, large glasshouse and newly planted copse. Open on Sunday 22nd April, and on Sunday 10th June, 12pm-6pm. Admission: £5, children free.
CAMELEY HOUSE Cameley, Temple Cloud, Bristol, Somerset BS39 5AJ A new opening for the NGS for visitors wishing to visit by arrangement, this three-acre garden around an 18th century Gothic house (not open) has the Cam Brook running through it with woodland including ginkgo and tulip trees, borders with tulips, hellebores, geums, camassias and magnolias, a white garden, cherry orchard with topiary and sculpture and Alpine troughs. Contact Fiona & Jonathan Hayward on 01761 451111 or email email@example.com
COPYHOLD HOLLOW Borde Hill, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH16 1XU The garden surrounding the 16th century house (not open) gives way to steep slopes up to a woodland garden. Species primulas, stumpery, dizzy crow’s nest viewing platform. Not a manicured plot but with a relaxed attitude to gardening. Open for the NGS: Monday 16th April, Tuesday 24th April, Monday 7th May, Tuesday 15th May, Friday 25th May, Monday 16th July, 2pm-4pm. Admission £4, children free. Contact Frances Druce on 01444 413265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.copyholdhollow.co.uk
BARNSLEY HOUSE Barnsley,Gloucestershire GL7 5EE Now surrounding a boutique hotel, the garden was the creation of legendary designer Rosemary Verey, maintained to the same high standard since her death in 2001, with her Elizabethan-style knot garden, fine mixed borders, and potager, which reintroduced the idea of ornamental vegetable gardening to Britain. Assistance can be provided for wheelchair users. Open for the NGS: 10am-4pm. Admission: £5, children free. Tel: 01285 740000 www.barnsleyhouse.com www.countrygardener.co.uk
The April 2018 issue of Devon Country Gardener Magazine