Three gardens to visit this weekend

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Fawley House, 7 Nordham, North Cave, nr Brough, Hull HU15 2LT - NGS

Fawley House, 7 Nordham, North Cave, nr Brough, Hull HU15 2LT

Louise Martin was for some years the National Garden Scheme’s county organiser in East Yorkshire, and her two and a half acres is full of spring delights. Beguilingly terraced with soft grass banks, it drops gently to a mill stream with three different bridges – always a great feature for children, who are also entertained with a treasure hunt. The well-ordered vegetable garden with espalier apples and pears leaves no doubt about the riches to be harvested later in the year. Elsewhere, there are hellebores and drifts of daffodils as well as fine trees including a magnificent copper beech, memorable even without its leaves.

Open Sunday 15 March, 12-5pm. Admission £5, children free, home-made teas, dogs welcome, plants for sale.

Godinton House, NR Ashford, Kent TH23 3BP

Godinton House, Kent - NGS

Godinton is well known for its wonderful Edwardian garden, designed by Reginald Blomfield, that folds around the mellow gabled house and is enclosed by long yew hedges shaped with matching gables. But perhaps the highlight at this time of year is the large area known as the wild garden, which is filled with daffodils, primroses and, a bit later, fritillaries. It is a spectacular sight, and you can also enjoy the impressive walled garden, the intimate Italian garden next door, and Godinton’s latest addition, a spectacular contemporary sculpture by the renowned artist, Emily Young – along with the delicious teas, all perfect for a Sunday outing.

Open Sunday 15 March, 1-6pm. Admission £7, children free, home-made teas.

The Old Vicarage, The Street, Washington, West Sussex RH20 4AS

The Old Vicarage, West Sussex - NGS

Meryl Walters is constantly inventive with her three-and-a-half-acre garden. There is always something to discover and it truly is a garden for all seasons. In early spring the views to the Downs are at their best before the garden’s fine selection of trees are in leaf, and there are hosts of bulbs in the meadow. Visitors come back for the variety, including a Japanese garden with waterfall and pond, an impressive Italianate gazebo, and deep borders where new growth will be just stirring. Children will love the bughouse sculptures and the stumpery around which a medley of ferns unfolds.

Open Sunday 15 March, 10.30-4pm. Admission £6, children free, home-made teas, dogs welcome, plants for sale.


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