Help Find the Nation’s Favourite Garden, nominations close 13 July 2021

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Gail Jones June 28, 2021

This year, The English Garden is once again teaming up with the National Garden Scheme to identify the Nation’s Favourite Gardens. This is your chance to nominate the gardens you love to visit that open to visitors in support of the National Garden Scheme and its fundraising for nursing and health charities. While we make a donation to the Scheme the winning gardens, named the Nation’s Favourites, are featured in The English Garden magazine. We know many readers of the Mid Wales Journal have their favourites, is it one opening soon?

Abercamlais House, Abercamlais, Brecon LD3 8EY on 3rd July 11 – 4 pm This new opening has extensive grounds around a Grade 1 listed mansion house. The drive contains a Wellingtonia, a Metasequoia and some fine Oak trees. The octagonal dovecote used to be a privy.

The Hymns, Walton, Presteigne LD8 2RA 3rd & 4th July extended opening time 11 –5pm to see a traditional garden reclaimed from the wild. Designed for all the senses: sight, sound and smell with a herb patio, wildflower meadows and short woodland walk.

Sunday 4th July 11am – 5pm, Hurdley Hall, Churchstoke SY15 6DY Regional Finalist in The English Garden’s Favourite Garden Competition 2019. 2 acre garden including herbaceous & mixed borders leading to 18 acres of Coronation Meadows.

Cwm Weeg, Dolfor, Newtown, SY16 4AT, 4th July 2.00-5.00pm Meet local artist Sara Philpott, who visited the gardens during 2020, the result is 24 paintings spanning a whole year of this formal garden in English landscape tradition.

South Street Gardens, South Street, Rhayader LD6 5BH, 4th July 1 – 4.30pm The Toll House shows what can be done in a tiny space, Beechcroft, the largest of the three, has plant sales and open textile studio and there is tea and cake at Penralley House to enjoy in the large terraced garden. Please use town’s public car parks to explore this new group opening.

Garthmyl Hall, Garthmyl, Montgomery SY15 6RS Monday 5th July 12.00-5.00pm with 100 metre herbaceous borders, newly restored 1 acre walled garden with gazebo, circular flowerbeds, lavender beds, wildflower meadow, pond, two fire pits and gravel paths.

9th July 11 – 4pm, and every Friday in July Welsh Lavender, Cefnperfedd Uchaf, Builth Wells LD2 3HU  Tickets need to be booked online at ngs.org.uk. The surrounding gardens continue to develop with Jeni Arnold’s stylish wild planting of the steep bank above the ever popular wild swimming pond.

11th July 1.30 – 5.30 Tynrhos, Newbridge on Wye, Llandrindod Wells LD1 6ND  This new garden opening has mainly herbaceous planting with summer annuals and pots. Vegetable plot with small greenhouse leading to orchard, fields and wildlife pond.

10th & Sun 11th 12.30-5.00pm Bachie Uchaf, Llanfyllin, SY22 5NF  Winner Best Flower & Shrub Garden, Llanfyllin Show and Winner Montgomeryshire Agricultural Assoc Best Garden Competition 2019. Finalist Montgomeryshire Best Garden Competition.

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