NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME in Hampshire
Just to introduce myself - Pat Beagley:-
I am the Publicity Co-ordinator for the National Garden Scheme in Hampshire and I obtained your details from the 'contact us' page on your website. I wanted to let you know that we have a number of gardens open in Hampshire that welcome groups like yours for bespoke visits. Historically many Horticultural Societies have enjoyed visiting National Garden Scheme Gardens in the past, and we didn’t want you to miss out on the same opportunity.
Here are details of the gardens we have open for the Snowdrop Festival, in February, but I would be happy to discuss this further to help you find the perfect garden to visit for you and your group.
We can also arrange talks to groups, on the history and the amazing contributions the National Garden Scheme contribute to caring charities. Details of all the charities we support can be found at https://www.ngs.org.uk/who-we-are/beneficiaries/
If you think your group would be interested in either of these opportunities, please contact me in the first instance, and I will then ask a member of our team to contact you, to discuss your requirements
Sunday 10th February
Bramdean House, Arlesford 2-4pm £5.00 Children free, home-made teas.
Beautiful 5 acre garden with, carpets of spring bulbs especially snowdrops. A large and unusual collection of plants and shrubs giving year-round interest. 1 acre walled garden featuring prize-winning vegetables, fruit and flowers. Small arboretum. Trial of hardy Nerine cultivars in association with RHS.
Sunday 10th February
The Down House, Ichen Abbas 1-4pm £ 5.00 Children free, Home-made teas
A 3 acre garden laid out in rooms overlooking the Itchen Valley, adjoining the Pilgrim's Way, with walks to the river. In February come and see the snowdrops, aconites and crocus, plus borders of coloured dogwoods, willow stems and white birches. A garden of structure with pleached hornbeams, a rope-lined fountain garden and yew lined avenues - plus a pruned and trained vineyard.
Sunday & Monday 17/18: 24/25 February
Little Court, Crawley. 2 - 4.30pm £5.00 Children Free: Home Made Teas
A 3 acre walled and sheltered traditional country garden, well known for its naturalised bulbs, special snowdrops, a sea of wild crocus, hellebores, perennials in harmonious colours, punctuated by box balls. Loved by old and young, there are swings and a treehouse. Many seats, with views for miles to the south, increasing wildlife and butterflies. In 2017 a visitor said 'a heavenly garden’.
Sunday 24 February
Chawton House Library. 11 - 4pm. £ 5.00 Children Free:
Snowdrops are scattered through this 14 acre listed English landscape garden which is gradually being restored. Sweeping lawns, ha-ha, wilderness, terraces, fernery and shrubbery walk surround the Elizabethan manor house. The walled garden designed by Edward Knight now includes rose garden, vegetable beds, orchard, and ‘Elizabeth Blackwell’ garden based on her book 'A Curious Herbal' of 1737-39.
All the above gardens are also open for groups by arrangement.
With all best wishes
Pat Beagley: Publicity Co-ordinator: Hampshire National Garden Scheme.