Monxton & Amport Gardens 24 & 25 May

Six charming local gardens are to be open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 24 May & Monday 25 May (Bank Holiday), from 1.30pm to 6pm.

White Gables in Monxton boasts a young giant redwood and other interesting trees which surround a gently sloping lawn down to the Pillhill Brook. (No wheelchair access).

A two-acre haven for wildlife, at Bridge Cottage, Amport, includes a lake, a trout stream and drifts of colour in the informal planting schemes. The lake is edged with glorious herbaceous borders.  Water voles and kingfishers may be seen. There’s an organic vegetable garden, fruit cage, small mixed orchard and arboretum with unusual trees. There is also a superb plant sale.

Amport Park Mews offers an opportunity to see eleven small borders in a communal space within a converted stable bloack, built in the late nineteenth century by the Marquess of Winchester.

The garden at Fleur de Lys, Amport, is a series of ‘rooms’ with glorious herbaceous borders, leading to a large orchard.

Gaycorrel, Furzedown Lane, Amport is a working garden of half an acre and belongs to a National Vegetable Society judge and fellow. Vegetables, dahlias and fruit are grown for exhibition. Several greenhouses are used for early cropping.

The newcomer this year is Sandleford House, Furzedown Lane, Amport, with its locally-built iron pergola walkway along part of the western boundary, the garden being entirely walled in brick and flint.This is a before and after garden (photographs available) which was originally part of the kitchen garden of Amport House and later part of The Bothy, next door, when it was mainly rough grass with a few trees. New brick and flint walls were built to separate adjacent properties, matching the old wall which separates the rear garden from the drive of Amport House.

Combined admission is £5 and free for children. Proceeds to major caring charities. Teas available at Monxton & Amport Village Hall, with proceeds to St Mary’s Church, Monxton. Parking opposite Amport School. For further information see www.ngs.org.uk

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