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SLGS members’ gardens open to the public for charity etc. in 2015 (Some of these gardens may also be open at other times by appointment) Gardens are listed in alphabetical order. Opening dates are listed in the section at the top of the page, except for those gardens with very frequent openings.

  • MM = Macmillan Nurses
  • NGS = National Gardens Scheme
  • St J = St John’s Ambulance Service
  • Red+ = British Red Cross

NB All information is supplied in good faith and is, as far as is possible, correct at time of posting, E&OE. We take no responsibility for incorrect information or changes made between posting and open date. Please contact gardens to check details if you are intending to travel far.
(This page last updated 10 Feb 2015)

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SLGS MEMBERS’ GARDEN OPENINGS IN 2015

(This section last updated 10 Feb 2015)

FEBRUARY 

Sat 14 and Sun 15 FEB (11–4) for NGSLittle Ponton Hall, Grantham, NG33 5BS: Mrs Alistair McCorquodale. Admission £5.00; Children free. Home-made teas & soup. Plants for sale.
Sat 21 and Sun 22 FEB (11–4) for NGS21 Chapel Street, Hacconby, Nr Bourne PE10 0UL: Cliff & Joan Curtis. Admission £3.00; Children free. Home-made teas. Plants for sale.
Sun 22 FEB: 6 Robins Wood, Wansford, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE8 6JQ (11–4): for NGS (Link to NGS page.) Carole & Forbes Smith. Admission £3.00; chd free. Home-made teas & soup. Plants for sale. Dogs on leads welcome.

MARCH

Sun 29 MARCH (11–4) for NGS21 Chapel Street, Hacconby, Nr Bourne PE10 0UL: Cliff & Joan Curtis. Admission £3.00; Children free. Home-made teas. Plants for sale.

APRIL

Fri 3 APRIL (11–4). Open for NGSEaston Walled Gardens, Easton, Grantham NG33 5AP
Admission £6.95; Children £2.75. Refreshments and Plants for sale.

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

Sat 12 & Sun 13 SEPT (11–4). Open for St Andrew’s ChurchHACONBY VILLAGE GARDENS, Haconby, Bourne PE10 0UL. Admission £4 for all gardens. SLGS members’ gardens: Haconby Hall (Mary Atkinson); 21 Chapel Street (Cliff and Joan Curtis); also Walter’s Cottage (former members Ivan & Sadie Hall). Plus photography competition and crafts stalls; refreshments, plants & bulbs for sale in church (admission free). 

OCTOBER

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6 Robins Wood, Wansford, Peterborough, Cambs PE8 6JQ.
Carole & Forbes Smith. Visitors also welcome by appt Jan to May.
Tel: 01780 783094. Email: click here

7m W of Peterborough on A1/A47 junction. From A47 turn towards Wansford. At Xrds by church turn W onto Old Leicester Rd. Approx 500yds turn R into Robins Field, follow on to Robins Wood. Small woodland garden with a collection of 300+ varieties of snowdrops. Various hellebore and corydalis followed by other spring woodland plants and bulbs. Small alpine plant house. Back to Members’ garden openings list __________________________________________________________________________________________

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Cliff & Joan’s old pump (Click to enlarge)

21 Chapel Street, Hacconby, Bourne, Lincs PE10 0UL.
Cliff and Joan Curtis. Tel: 01778 570314 Email: click here

A green-striped Galanthus in the Curtises' garden

Rare snowdrops abound in the Curtises’ garden

Out of an old farmyard plot covered in rubbish and old sheds behind an 18th century cottage, Cliff and Joan Curtis have created a small walled garden with a paved area, a large alpine planted area and intensively planted beds and borders. Sunlight and shade provide conditions for a year-long flow of foliage and flowers. From very early snowdrops (they have a collection of several hundred Galanthus cultivars) and late summer schizostylis, for those who love bulbous plants, to hellebores in spring and asters in autumn for the herbaceous lovers, there is much to delight the visitor throughout the season, although public open days are now much less frequent than they used to be. The large gravel area to the side of the cottage is enlivened by numerous old stone troughs and sinks planted with a collection of alpines. An interesting feature is the end of a large shed covered with old enamel advertising signs collected locally. A gap between the buildings leads to an area with a more open aspect.

The autumn borders

The autumn borders (click to enlarge)

Over the years the vegetable patch has become a potager. Because of its sunny position, it now incorporates a summer hot border with heleniums, crocosmia, kniphofia and dahlias, shading to the soft misty colours of autumn with asters and chrysanthemums. The alpine house is also in this area, together with a large raised bed, cold frames and a further greenhouse for propagating and growing-on plants for the garden and for plant sales. Even after 25 years the garden is still developing and constantly changing. There is now a semi-wild area for naturalising spring bulbs and native oddities. This also gives more room for the extensive collection of snowdrops and for the pursuit of a recently acquired interest in celandines. Back to Members’ garden openings list  __________________________________________________________________________________________

Lakeside in spring © Little Ponton

Lakeside in spring
photo © Little Ponton

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Aconites between Hall and church (click to enlarge)

Little Ponton Hall,
Little Ponton, NG33 5BS.
Mrs Alistair McCorquodale.

This is a marvellous 4-acre garden, with a fabulous display of snowdrops and aconites during February. There are spacious lawns and a cedar tree which is over 200 years old. A stream meanders through into the spring garden, and don’t miss the river walk. Within the garden is a formal walled kitchen garden and listed dovecote with a recently developed herb garden. Victorian greenhouses show many plants from exotic locations. This is an exceptionally good garden and one not to be missed. There is a special car park for disabled visitors. Good access for wheelchairs on all hard surfaces but unsuitable on grass.

Adjacent is the delightful St Guthlac’s Church, which will be decorated; all visitors are welcome. The honey-scented carpets of aconites between the church and Hall are breathtaking early in the year.
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10 Wendover Close, Rippingale PE10 0TQ.
Chris & Tim Bladon.
5.5 miles N of Bourne, off A15.
Visitors also welcome by appt. Tel: 01778 440499.

Tranquil, secluded village garden of approx half an acre, containing “usual and unusual” herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees of general and specialist interest. (Access note: Approx 30yds from main entrance to garden is gravel)
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Commemorative lead planter in the walled garden, with Convolvulus cneorum and chicken sculptures; surrounding planting includes delphiniums, paeonies, white astilbe (?), Geranium 'Rozanne' and prostrate rosemary

In the walled garden at Willow Holt

Willow Holt, Folkingham, NG34 0SA.
Simon & Annetta Turner.
About half a mile N of Folkingham, turn R off A15. Tel: 01529 497215.

Belonging to our former Treasurer and former Membership Secretary, this is a lovely, large, peaceful country garden approached along a shady drive leading to the house; shrub beds, roses, large lawn and wide, beautifully planted herbaceous and mixed borders; immaculate kitchen garden, soft fruit and orchard; large greenhouse; mature trees. Also features several interesting breeds of poultry.
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Easton Walled Gardens, Easton, Grantham NG33 5AP.
(NB no direct access from A1: please approach gardens from B6403).

Sir Fred & Lady Ursula Cholmeley.

Open: Sat 14 Feb – Sun 22 Feb inclusive (daily 11–4) for snowdrops, with special guided walks and talks etc.
Then from Sun 1 March until Friday 30 Oct: Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays (11–4) except for
Sweet Pea Week: 5–12 July (open daily, 11–4). Admission £6.95 (children £2.95). Teas, gift shop.

Easton: the old walled garden

Easton: the old walled garden

Twelve acres of 400-year-old forgotten gardens undergoing extensive renovation. Set in parkland with dramatic views. C16 garden with Victorian embellishments. Italianate terraces; yew tunnel; snowdrops and cut flower garden. David Austin roses, meadows and sweet pea collections. Cottage and vegetable gardens. Please wear sensible shoes suitable for country walking. Childrens’ Trail.

American President Franklin Roosevelt described these gardens as a ‘Dream of Nirvana…. Almost too good to be true’. Fifty years later, the house was pulled down and the gardens abandoned. 100 years later see the ongoing revival of these magnificent gardens. Funded privately and with the support of visitors, this garden experience is like no other.

Easton Walled Garden - naturalised daffodils

Drifts of naturalised daffodils

Alongside the recovery of these 400-year-old gardens are: fantastic drifts of naturalised snowdrops; collections of David Austin roses, daffodils, irises and sweet peas; a cut flower garden, cottage garden and ‘pictorial meadow’ plantings. Teas and light lunches are served overlooking the garden. Groups can book out of hours if wished. Featured in the RHS magazine, The Garden.

Disability information: Tearoom, shop and upper gardens all accessible. No access to lower gardens for wheelchair users.
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Swines Meadow Farm Nursery, 47 Towngate East, Mkt Deeping, Lincs PE6 8LQ.
Colin & Karan Ward. Tel: 01778 343340. Email: click here

Open: all year round (apart from Christmas Day & three weeks thereafter)
Summer (BST): Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sunday 10am–4pm.
Winter:  Mon–Sat 9am–4pm; Sunday 10am–4pm.

A well-established nursery specialising in the rare and unusual. The Fenland Group of the Hardy Plant Society is now holding regular meetings at the nursery. See Swines Meadow Farm Nursery Website.
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