East & South Notts and Nottingham

Nottinghamshire NGS Open Gardens in May

Nottinghamshire NGS Open Gardens in May

May has a lot to offer garden lovers in Nottinghamshire.  The gardens have awoken from their winter slumbers and are offering exceptional visions of colour, perfume, textures and in some cases sounds.  Take the opportunity to visit one of more of the local treasures and whilst doing so support The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) in raising money for good causes such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Help the Hospices.

All NGS gardens are inspiring and enjoyable places to visit, ranging from small back gardens to spacious country ones. They will appeal to keen gardeners and casual visitors alike: everyone will enjoy and benefit from the beauty and peace of a lovingly tended garden.  All of the gardens opening in May also offer tea and home-made cake to complete a pleasurable and relaxing visit.  Many offer the chance to purchase plants grown by the garden owners.

Gardens Open in May to the north of the County:


Beckingham Road, Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire DN10 4HZ

Opening Sunday 11th May 2014 1pm to 5pm

Entry £2.50 children free

Visiting Cross Lodge in May will give an opportunity to enjoy the sight of the 50 different varieties of rhododendron.  This ever changing 1¼-acre garden has successive displays of spring and summer flowers.  The rhododendron walk in which there are over 50 varieties is at its best in May.  The garden also has shrubs, perennial borders, rockeries, roses, conifers, an old orchard and a small woodland with a large pond

Home-made teas and cakes available in Walkeringham Village Hall. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Wheelchair access to all main features, except pond-side paths



Holmes Lane, Walkeringham, nr Gainsborough, Nottinghamshire DN10 4JP

Opening Monday 26th May 2014 1pm to 5pm
Entry £2.00 children free

1¾-acre plantsman’s garden planted with an emphasis on form, texture and foliage using a wide range of salvaged natural materials.  This garden is interesting and inspirational providing the keen gardener with lots of ideas to copy. There are surprises round every corner with places to sit and ponder, gazebos, arbours, ponds and a hosta garden. There are also some unusual perennials and shrubs for flower arranging making this a flower arranger’s artistic garden. To add further interest there is a wildlife pond, old tools and scarecrows on display.  This garden has featured is various local press articles.

Home-made teas and cakes available in the local church.

Specialist plants and driftwood bric-a-brac for sale.



Woodhouse Road, Norwell, Nottinghamshire NG23 6JX

Opening Sunday 18th May 2pm to 5pm
Entry £2.50 children free

Jewel box of over 2,500 varieties of different, beautiful and unusual plants sumptuously set out in a ¾-acre plantsman’s garden as featured in the highly prestigious ‘Best Gardens to visit in 2014’. Inspirationally planted to show what can be grown on heavy, unforgiving clay in a frost pocket. It includes shady garden with orchids, woodland gems, especially Trilliums, Erythroniums and Astrantias, Hosta walk, cottage garden borders, alpine and scree areas. Large naturalistic pond teeming with wildlife and opulently planted margins and bog gardens. There are extensive herbaceous borders and effervescent colour themed beds.

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Grass paths, no wheelchair access to woodland paths

Gardens Open in May to the south of the County


Swingate, Kimberley, Nottinghamshire NG16 2PJ

Opening Monday 5th May2014 from 1pm to 5pm.

Entry £3.00, children free
This is a deceptively large garden tucked away at the end of a short narrow lane in Swingate.  A great deal of love and effort has been put in by serious plant enthusiasts to develop a truly delightful garden that is full of interest and unexpected colour This quiet cottage garden, in a peaceful urban setting, has a wide range of plants sensitively planted to give enjoyment to all who visit. There is a newly established greenhouse and a productive vegetable plot.

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Wheelchair access but some gravel paths



35 Lambley Lane, Burton Joyce, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG14 5BG

Opening Sunday 11th May 2014 12pm to 5pm
Entry £3.50 children free

This is a large garden with mature woodland and formal gardens and spectacular views over the Trent Valley.  It has more than 500 rhododendrons and azaleas and recently established rose gardens. There is a glade with 200 yr-old cedars overlooking ponds, waterfalls and a croquet lawn. The bog garden and sunken area below the ha-ha was created in 2009 and planted to tempt the eye onwards towards ancient well

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Gravel and grass paths, steep slopes



17 Bridle Road, Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire NG14 5FT

Opening Sunday 18th May 2pm to 6pm
Entry £3.50 children free

This garden is a 2 acre site with varied habitat on a south-facing slope. Springs arise from the bank to provide a damp area for self-sowing candelabra and other primulae, snakes head fritillaries and ferns. The springs coalesce to form a stream which falls down a deep shaded gully to join the River Dumble. The sunny paving around the house is allowed (selectively) to self-seed with Echium, Bidens, Tigrida and Evening Primrose to provide an eye catching display in summer. An orchard is kept as a meadow or garden in grass where bulbs and appropriate flowers seed and spread to give colour for 8 months

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Steep slopes towards stream


Gonalston Lane, Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire NG14 7JH

Two gardens Open Sunday 18th May 1pm to 5pm

Entry Combined £4 children free

This opening offers two contrasting gardens in the centre of Hoveringham village near St Michael’s Church. Both gardens host a wide range of features and plants, with specialist collections in each.

West Farm House has been featured in Nottingham Evening Post and Weekly News. It is a cottage-style garden of over half an acre bordering open countryside. Large lawns are surrounded and divided by fine herbaceous borders featuring hardy geraniums, delphiniums, and over 100 hostas within a wide range of shrubs and other herbaceous perennials. The greenhouses display a collection of over 1000 cacti and succulents in May and June.

Church House is a small, charming walled cottage garden packed with detail and interest. Herbaceous borders, a vegetable plot, a stumpery, a Japanese area and an auricula theatre offering a delightful setting in which to relax.

Home-made teas and cakes provided by the local WI available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Gravel at both gardens and narrow, uneven access at Church House, very difficult for wheelchairs

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.



Manor Fields, Halam, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG22 8DU

Opening Sunday 25th May 2014 1pm to 5pm
Combined with The Old Vicarage, Halam

Entry £4.00 children free
Starting with a blank canvas in 2001 when Holbeck Lodge was built, this ½-acre garden, bordering a beck, was designed and planted to flow from semi-formal to more natural planting reflecting the neighbouring open countryside. A vegetable garden with raised beds is contained by a rose trellis, leading through herbaceous beds, hostas, roses, betula, sorbus and several spectacular Cornus Kousa.

Disability information

Some sloping areas which may not be suitable for wheelchairs


Halam Hill, Halam, Nottinghamshire NG22 8AX

This is beautiful, plant lovers’ garden, as featured in the Nottingham Evening Post and on Radio Nottingham, is designed to make the most of a natural sloping south facing site.  It displays well-established peaceful rooms, with surprises around every corner and stunning views of hills and farmland. The borders are generously planted with unusual herbaceous plants. There are hidden nooks and crannies, varied wildlife ponds, swimming pool planting, an orchard, a productive kitchen garden and a new wildflower meadow.  The 12th Century Village Church, with its rare C14th stained glass window, is a short walk away.

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale.

Disability information

Slopes but cheerful help available



Blidworth Waye, Papplewick, Nottinghamshire NG15 8FE

Opening Sunday 25th May 2014 2pm to 5pm

Entry £3.50 children free

Papplewick Hall was built by Frederick Montague between 1781 and 1786.  It is one of the finest Grade 1 houses in Nottinghamshire.  It has an historic, mature, 8-acre garden, mostly shaded woodland, abounds with rhododendrons, hostas, ferns, and spring bulbs

Disability information

Suitable for wheelchair users but section of paths are gravel 



Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire NG12 1AZ

Opening Monday 26th May 2014 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

Entry £3.00 children free

This garden is just under ½ acre of intense planting.  It contains many varieties of perennials, grasses, bulbs and shrubs to provide colour and interest all year. There are colour themed beds, a jungle area with tropical style planting and tender perennials in pots. Unique features of this garden are mirrors and other objects placed to enhance and complement the planting. There is always something new to see

Home-made teas and cakes available. Plants for sale