Three gardens to visit this weekend

Bryngwyn, Ceredigion
Bryngwyn, Ceredigion Credit: NGS

Bryngwyn, Capel Seion, nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 4EE

This is possibly the most exciting and forward-looking garden to join the National Garden Scheme for many years. Set in the remote and achingly beautiful upland countryside of west Wales, Bryngwyn is gardening merged with landscape and wildlife conservation. By careful land management, natural habitats have been restored to produce a scene of hay meadows scattered with wild flowers, a pond embraced with lush aquatics and a small orchard planted with heritage Welsh apples. The simple beauty combining distant views with the meadow details would not be possible with busier, more man-made planting and design.

Open Saturday June 22, 10.30am-4.30pm, £3.50, children free. Refreshments, home-made teas.

Brent Pelham Hall, nr Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 0HF

Brent Pelham Hall, Hertfordshire  Credit: NGS

This is a garden to savour, 12 acres around a gorgeously elegant William and Mary house (not open), incorporating work by one of our most distinguished contemporary garden designers, Kim Wilkie, who embarked on a redesign 10 years ago. There are two walled gardens, a potager, an orchard and a spectacular new double herbaceous border; the design and planting is exemplary throughout – notwithstanding that the whole regime is organic. Dividing the overall area into 
a series of individual gardens that lead you from one to another makes the various details easy to appreciate, and you can wander out into the surrounding parkland to discover a wild flower meadow and the lakes.

Open Saturday and Sunday June 22&23, 2-5pm, £5, children free. Home-made teas, plants for sale.

Mindrum Garden, Mindrum, Northumberland TD12 4QN

Mindrum Garden, Northumberland Credit: NGS

Mindrum is the most northerly garden to open for the NGS, so northerly that it looks south into Scotland. Nestling in the Cheviot Hills, it will leave you marvelling at the garden riches waiting to be discovered in the remotest reaches of the English countryside. At this time of year, it is unashamedly romantic, with billowing roses, lilies and perennials. The Fairfax family have also introduced a rich tapestry of interesting plants to the garden that overlooks the passing Bowmont river and mill race, and it has a sense of unspoilt tranquillity.

Open Sunday June 23, 2-5pm, £5, children free, home-made teas, dogs welcome.


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