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Now we are into May, dare we hope that those early morning frosts are a thing of the past. I certainly can’t remember an April with such a prolonged period of frosts. It amazes me how tolerant some of the plants are - apart from my ‘Alstroemeria Indian Summer” - but now that it’s had a bit of a trim it is certainly looking a lot happier.


After the 17th of May, pre-booked tickets are not necessary for the majority of gardens, but available for those who wish to book ahead.


June brings forth a plethora of open gardens, far too many for me to mention in a short article. I have selected a few which are within 15 miles of Chineham, which you might like to visit.


BRICK KILN COTTAGE Alton RG25 2PR


Open: Sunday 6th June 11am to 4pm


Admission: £4.50 children free


Refreshments: Self-service refreshments will be available


Bluebell woodland garden in 2 acres plus so many more attractions including tree house, stumpers, bug palace and shepherd’s hut.


https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/25764


COMBIDED OPENING: -


BERRY COTTAGE & THE THATCHED COTTAGE Upper Farringdon Alton GU34 3EG


Open: Sunday 13th June 1pm to 5pm


(Thatched Cottage also open Sat 12th)


Admission: Combined £10.00 (£6.00 Thatched Cottage)


Refreshments: Home-made teas


Small organic cottage garden with colour themed borders combined with a 1 1/2-acre garden bursting with cottage garden plants


https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/20182 https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/31074



BROADHATCH HOUSE Bentley GU10 5JJ


Open: Mon & Tues 14th &15th June 2pm to 5pm (Also By Arrangement)


Admission: £5.00 children free


Refreshments: Home-made teas


So much to see in this 3 1/2-acre garden. Divided into sections by yew hedge, a nod back to its origins in the 1920’s. There are many flower borders and beds and I particularly remember the roses and wildflower meadow


https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/6471


Maybe there is something here that takes your fancy, if not you could visit the website ngs.org.uk where all the gardens are listed.


Pat Beagley (Publicity)


National Garden Scheme - Hampshire

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