Three gardens to visit this weekend

164 Redlands Road, Penarth
164 Redlands Road, Penarth Credit: Pete Rankin 

164 Redlands Road, Penarth, nr Cardiff CF64 2QR

One of the great qualities of many gardens that open in aid of the National Garden Scheme is the element of surprise. What you find behind the garden gate is not what you are expecting and this is certainly true of 164 Redlands Road, where the garden is revealed as a vibrant oasis in the seaside town of Penarth that overlooks the mouth of the Severn estuary a few miles south of Cardiff. The owner cheerfully admits the garden has not really been designed, it has evolved to accommodate the now wonderful variety of plants that are its main feature. But that does the garden an injustice because the arrangement of plants – which will be at their midsummer zenith – has been imaginatively thought out to offer constant interest and variety. All of which you can admire from the summer house or a bench.

Open Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July, 9am-6pm. £4.50, children free, home-made teas, plants for sale, dogs welcome.

Poole Cottage, Coppett Hill, Goodrich, nr Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 6JH

Poole Cottage, Herefordshire Credit: NGS

Home to garden designer Jo Ward-Ellison, this magical garden will be coming into its late-summer glory when it opens tomorrow. With such a wonderful setting in the south Herefordshire countryside, it is intrinsically linked with its surroundings, not just by the memorable views, but the naturalistic style of design and planting that subtly provide a seamless flow from garden 
to landscape. This and the garden’s youth give it a vibrant contemporary feel, which is enhanced by the planting combinations of late-summer perennials and grasses. There are bright colours such as rudbeckias and dahlias, but the whole place has a restful, understated atmosphere added to by the pond and kitchen garden. Given its remote position, hidden away on Coppett Hill, this garden is a real discovery and you will leave uplifted.

Open Sunday 14 July, 11am-6pm, 
£4, children free, home-made teas, dogs welcome.

Stanton in Peak Gardens, nr Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2LR

One of three gardens open in Stanton in Peak, Derbyshire Credit: NGS

Visit Stanton in Peak over 
the weekend and you will understand why Derbyshire’s Peak District has long been a much-loved destination. The hillside village of local stone provides a glorious setting for the three varied and characterful gardens which open together. From small spaces overflowing with interesting plants, to ponds with elegant water lilies, koi carp and a number of very original touches, you will find plenty to enjoy. In addition to the gardens and tea served at 2 Haddon View, alternative refreshment is offered by a pop-up “pub” offering beer from the local brewery.

Open Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July, 1pm-5pm. Combined admission (three gardens) £4, children free, home-made teas, dogs welcome.


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