This week we’re celebrating National Garden Week by introducing some of the local National Garden Scheme Open Days coming up this month.

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, perhaps providing that little bit of inspiration to transform your outdoor spaces…

Beechenwood Farm, Hook – 6th May, 2pm – 5pm 

A two acre garden 2 acre garden with meandering through woodland with drifts of spring bulbs, a walled herb garden, an orchard, Greenhouse and vegetable garden, a rock garden and an 8 acre copse.  Homemade teas and refreshments will be available in aid of Sebastian’s Action Trust. Prices and further details can be found here.


Hall Grove School, Bagshot – 11th May, 2pm – 4.30pm

Formerly a small Georgian country estate, now a co-educational preparatory school. Grade II listed house (not open), mature parkland with specimen trees, historical features incl ice house, old walled garden under restoration, lake, woodland walks, rhododendrons and azaleas. There will be live music at 3pm with homemade teas also available. There is no ticket cost, admission is purely by donation, for details click here.


Chilworth Manor, Guildford – 19th May, 11am – 5pm

The grounds of the 17th century Chilworth Manor create a wonderful tapestry: a terraced walled garden, topiary,  sculptures, mature trees and stew ponds that date back a 1000 years. A fabulous, peaceful garden for all the family to wander and explore or just to relax and enjoy! Garden and Tree Walks take place at 12 noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 4pm and tasting of Chilworth Manor Rose Wine is available throughout the day, along with teas and refreshments in aid of local charities. To find out more, click here.


Tylney Hall Hotel, Rotherwick – 19th May, 10am – 4pm

Within this period hotel, the large garden of 66 acres provides extensive woodlands and a beautiful vista, lakes, and much more. Light refreshments will be served in the Chestnut Suite from 12pm. For further information, click here.


Bere Mill, Whitchurch – 26th May, 1.30pm – 5pm

On the Upper Test with water meadows and wooded valleys, this garden offers a replanted orchard and two small arboretums. At heart, it aims to complement the natural beauty of the site, and to incorporate elements of oriental garden design and practice. Interestingly, the working mill was where Portals first made paper for the Bank of England in 1716. To find out more, click here.


You’ll find a number of other local events taking place across the summer, to find more, simply head to the NGS website, here.