With gardens beginning to bloom and look their best, the National Garden Open Days are once again upon us.

The National Garden Scheme is a fundraising initiative and the most significant funder of nursing charities in the country, donating over £50million so far to the likes of Macmillan, Marie Curie and Parkinson’s UK.

Each year, around 3,700 gardeners open their gardens to raise money. This takes place over the summer, with both private gardens and stately properties opening to the public for charity.

It’s worth visiting the National Garden Scheme’s website for the full list of events, but we’ve selected just a few to tempt you.

Swallowfield, Sunday 20th May

A four acre designer’s garden with many areas of interest. Features include two lovely long borders, attractively and densely planted in six colour sections, a formal rose garden, old orchard with a grass meadow, pretty pond and a peaceful wooded area. There are a large variety of plants, trees and a productive fruit and vegetable patch.

This private garden will be open from 2.30pm – 5pm. Adults are £5, children go free. Click here for more information.

 

Hook, Sunday 27th May

½ acre garden evolved over 25 yrs, with many ideas for smaller gardens. Shady, herbaceous and hot borders, wildlife pond with many hosta varieties, vegetable plots plus a wild area, and views towards River Whitewater. Features include a tree cave for children, and varied and quality plants for sale, from three experienced producers, including a renowned local, retired nursery owner from Whispers.

This private garden will be open from 2.00pm – 5pm. Adults are £3.50, children go free. Click here for more information.

 

Hook, Saturday 2nd June

A romantic adventure awaits as you wander by the meandering streams surrounding this Domesday Book listed mill! Explore many magical areas, such as the rust garden, the pill box grotto and the ornamental courtyard, or just escape into wild meadows. ‘One of the most beautiful gardens in Hampshire’ according to Alan Titchmarsh in his TV programme Love Your Garden. Featured on BBC TV and other press coverage as a result of a show garden at Hampton Court for Turismo De Galicia and the Spanish Tourist Office.

This private garden will be open from 2.00pm – 5.30pm. Adults are £6, children go free. Click here for more information.

 

Tylney Hall Hotel, Rotherwick, Sunday 10th June

A large garden of 66 acres with extensive woodlands and fine vista being restored with new planting. Fine avenues of wellingtonias; rhododendrons and azaleas, Italian garden, lakes, large water and rock garden, dry stone walls originally designed with assistance of Gertrude Jekyll.

The hotel gardens will be open from 10.00am – 4pm. Adults are £5, children go free. Click here for more information.

 

Hook, Sunday 1st July 

Who could resist visiting a chocolate box thatched cottage, featured on film and TV, a smallholding alongside the Basingstoke Canal (unfenced). A succession of spring bulbs, a profusion of wild flowers, perennials and home grown annuals pollinated by our own bees and fertilised by the donkeys, who await your visit. Over 30 named clematis and rose cultivars. sometimes lambs in April and donkey foals in summer.

This private garden will be open from 2.00pm – 6pm. Adults are £4, children go free. Click here for more information.

 

Rotherwick, Sunday 8th July

A small traditional cottage garden with roses around the door, much photographed for calendars, jigsaws and magazines. Mixed flower beds and borders and vegetables grown in abundance along with an ornamental pond and alpine garden. Views over open countryside to be enjoyed whilst you take afternoon tea on the lawn. The garden has been open for the NGS for more than 30 yrs.

This private garden will be open from 2.00pm – 5pm. Adults are £3, children go free. Click here for more information.