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Sandleford Place by Arrangement

Open Garden in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

A four-acre plantswoman's garden developed over 33 years and surrounding a 16th century former mill and granary. There are thousands of spring bulbs (snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils) plus hellebores and a variety of scented plants for early visitors. There are also different 'rooms' of mixed and herbaceous borders with many unusual plants to be seen later in the year. A wildflower meadow flanked by a long border runs down to the River Enborne.

Opening times:.
This garden will be available by appointment only

Down Farm House by Arrangement

Open Garden In aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Step back in time in this garden converted from an old farmyard using many original features which have been incorporated into the hard landscaping. It includes an old orchard with chickens, organic vegetables, borders, succulents, auricula's and wild area.

Refreshments available

Opening times:.

By Arrangement only.
Entrance fees:
Adults: £3.50.

Children: children under 12 free.

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Berry Cottage by Arrangement

Open Garden In aid of the British Red Cross 2016

A 17th-century house, Berry Cottage is an owner-designed and maintained half-acre cottage garden. It is an organic haven for wildlife, full of half-hardy and hardy perennials – many of which are rarely seen. The borders are colour-themed, from shade to full sun. There is a pond area, summer house and greenhouse. Berry Cottage has been featured in most of the national gardening magazines, plus in calendars and birthday cards.

Opening times:.
By Arrangement only.

Pilley Hill Cottage by Arrangement

Open Garden In aid of the British Red Cross 2016

A true cottage garden that is full of ‘rooms’ and surrounds a house built in 1835. Enter through the creeper-covered lychgate for a glimpse of the garden, which reveals itself as you explore. Spot the winding paths, ceramic and found objects, and surprises around every corner. Wild flowers rub shoulders with perennials, among the oak structures.

Opening times:.

This garden will be available for groups, by appointment only in May. Dates can be organised directly with the owners.

Open Garden: Scotlands

Open Sunday 11 September, 2pm-5pm.

These diverse gardens cover 4 ½ acres. The same family has created them over 40 years. There are both formal and woodland walks with water features and a small lake – perfect for exploring. Formal lawns and a french parterre box clipped garden.

Admission £3.50 per adult, children under 12 free. Opening for the British Red Cross.

Jealott's Hill Community Landshare

Open Sunday 4 September, 2pm-5pm.

This inspirational and multi-purpose garden is used and enjoyed by the local community. The community support each other on horticultural activities and with creating a haven for wildlife across the six acres. Sharing skills and produce is at the heart of the project. Local groups and individuals grow fruit, vegetables and plants – and generally enhance the biodiversity.

Englefield House Open Garden

Open Sunday 21 August, 11am-4pm.

This 12-acre garden descends dramatically from the hill above the house through woodland down to the terraces with wide lawns, roses, mixed borders and topiary. The stone balustrades and staircases date back to 1860 and the origin of the garden dates back to 1600. The ivy house, the grotto and the pebble garden are the more recent additions to the garden. A children’s garden with hidden jets of water provides fun for younger visitors. Refreshments, teas, home made cakes, gift and plant stalls all in the Long Gallery.

Wargrave Court Open Garden

Open Sunday 17 July, 12pm-5pm.

Bring a picnic and listen to some midsummer music, performed by 20 musicians, in the lovely grounds of Wargrave Court. This day out will feast your eyes too. Magnificent wisteria climbs the front of one of the oldest houses in the village. There are also specimen trees, shrubs, and landscaped lawns, stretching to a tributary of the Thames. Tea and home made cakes will be served by our volunteers.

Admission £5.00 per adult, children under 12 free. Opening for the British Red Cross.

Stanford Dingley Open Gardens

Open Sunday 3 July.

Manor House (open 1pm-5pm)
Stanford Dingley, Reading, Berkshire RG7 6LS

Large garden with extensive lawns, open aspect, mature trees and a pond surrounded by swathes of abundant plants. At 3pm there will be a Gun Dog display. The price includes entry to nearby Jennetts Hill House. Tea and delicious homecakes.

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