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Garden visits

The Old Manor Open Garden

Open Sunday 29 May, 2pm-5pm.

Musicians will play during the afternoon in this relaxed family-friendly garden of around five acres. There is a knot garden, pergola, large terrace, orchard, extensive lawns and an ancient oak avenue.

Admission £3.50 per adult, children under 12 free. Opening for the British Red Cross.

Open Gardens: Glenmere and Oak Cottage

Open Sunday 22 May and Sunday 24 July, 2pm-5pm.

246 Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3PA

This immaculate, Japanese-style garden has a traditional torii gate. Its all-season delights include a stunning collection of hydrangeas. The garden’s other features are a dry-bed stream bridge and pond, waiting arbour, teahouse, raked gravel area, vegetable garden, greenhouse, and a soft fruit area. The price includes entry to nearby Oak Cottage, too - which is just a short walk away.

Spring Garden and Gift Fair, Taplow Court

Open Wednesday 18 May, 10am-4pm.

Enjoy the grounds of Taplow Court that includes a 7th-century Anglo Saxon burial ground, magnificent trees, a wildflower garden, water features, pergolas and beautiful planting, with guided house tours on the day. An exciting variety of stalls will offer gardeners everything from growing tips to plant supports, interesting and unusual plants and other garden-related items. Exhibitors will also sell luxury gifts and lifestyle items. Delicious home made refreshments all day.

Plant Sale at Riseley Village Hall

Open Saturday 14 May, 10am-3pm.

A wide range of summer bedding, hanging baskets and many other interesting plants alongside gift stalls all around the Riseley Village Tea Room, which is a not-for-profit traditional tea room. Opened in 2013 in Riseley Memorial Hall the tea room is run by locals, largely as volunteers. There are 12 varieties of loose leaf tea, afternoon teas, cream teas and lovely cakes all baked by local ladies and presented in vintage china on white linen cloths - a great British tradition traditionally served with a smile.

Gardening Maintenance and Design Services in London

At LondonHelp Gardening maintenance and design our aim is to improve your garden from the day we start, we aim to do all the normal maintenance and a little bit more each time we visit. So in spring time for instance, it is a good time for weeding and getting the garden ready for summer, early spring is a good time for pruning roses, and a good time for feeding the soil with compost.


Enjoy several distinctive walled gardens at the home of John Makepeace, the furniture designer and maker, and his wife Jennie. There are rolling lawns, with sculpture and giant topiary around the house, John’s inspirational grasses garden, and Jennie’s riotous potager with cleft oak fruit cage. There’s also a glasshouse, straw bale studio, and geese in the orchard.

Brocton Cottage

A new opening for the National Gardens Scheme this year, Brocton Cottage has 1.3 acres recently recovered from neglect, combining established planting with newly developed areas. Mrs Naomi Hindley’s garden has a new orchard, woodland, ponds and a productive area linked to established herbaceous borders and shrubberies, with views of the Devon countryside.

Holy Trinity Environmental Garden, Weymouth

This inspiring award-winning school wildlife garden started in 2008 with the donation of a winning RHS Hampton Court Show garden. There are also children’s raised beds, a large wildlife pond, a World War II garden with a genuine Anderson shelter, a small orchard and bird garden. Dorset’s largest living willow classroom which seats 30 is now well established and a recently installed composting toilet complements the garden. There’s a butterfly hunt for children. 


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