Private gardens open for charity during national festival

Kate Gardner at Dragons Glen, Clophill for National Gardens Scheme.
Kate Gardner at Dragons Glen, Clophill for National Gardens Scheme.

Owners of private gardens across the country will be opening their gates this year to help raise millions for charities.

Beautiful outdoor spaces across Bedfordshire, from small town spaces to country gardens, will be welcoming visitors to admire their designs.

Kate Gardner at Dragons Glen, Clophill for National Gardens Scheme.

Kate Gardner at Dragons Glen, Clophill for National Gardens Scheme.

Although the scheme started earlier in the spring, the season gets into full swing on the weekend of June 6 and 7 for the national open weekend festival.

Among a number joining the festival openings is Dragons Glen in Great Lane, Clophill, where Kate Gardner has a contemporary garden taking advantage of the sloped landscape, with woodland and waterfall among the features. Open on Sunday, June 7, 2pm until 5.30pm.

Flaxbourne Farm at Salford Road, Aspley Guise opens on Sunday, June 7, from 2pm until 6pm. Geoff and Davina Barrett have a three-acre fun garden including water features, a small moated castle, Greek temple ruin and Japanese garden with flyover walkway.

Also open that day is The Old Vicarage, Church Road, Westoning, where Ann and Colin Davies have a traditional 2-acre site featuring among many things an English rose garden. Open 2pm until 5.30pm.

22 Elmsdale Road, Wootton, open for the National Gardens Scheme.

22 Elmsdale Road, Wootton, open for the National Gardens Scheme.

A garden in Wootton opens this year by arrangement only for groups of eight and over. Roy and Dianne Richards have a topiary, Japanese Feng Shui and large Koi pond and tea house, among many other features with flavour of Japan. The garden in Elmsdale Road is among a host of others in Bedfordshire featured in the National Gardens Scheme Yellow Book.

There are gardens open during the year in Ampthill, Houghton Conquest, Stevington, Clapham - and a newcomer in St Augustine’s Road, Bedford.

You can find full details of gardens at www.ngs.org.uk

In 2014 the NGS raised £2.5m and made donations to Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Carers Trust, Hospices UK, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Perennial, National Trust and Parkinson’s UK.

22 Elmsdale Road, Wootton open for the National Gardens Scheme

22 Elmsdale Road, Wootton open for the National Gardens Scheme

Roy Richards at 22, Elmsdale Road, Wootton, open for the National Gardens Scheme. PNL-150526-155521001

Roy Richards at 22, Elmsdale Road, Wootton, open for the National Gardens Scheme. PNL-150526-155521001