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Gardens to open this weekend at Southwell, Hoveringham, East Stoke, and Sutton-on-Trent for the National Garden Scheme

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There is the chance to visit some beautiful gardens and perhaps get some ideas and inspiration for your own this weekend.

Several gardens across the district are throwing open their gates on Sunday as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

They include ones at Southwell, Hoveringham, East Stoke and Sutton-on-Trent.

The Poplars, Sutton-on-Trent. (48343793)
The Poplars, Sutton-on-Trent. (48343793)

Church House at Hoveringham will be open from noon to 5pm on Sunday and is dog friendly.

It is described as a stunning small gem of a garden, beautifully planted with immaculate hostas which greet you along a gravelled path. It is an oasis of cottage garden-style planting with chickens, small pond and vegetable beds, all combine to create peaceful atmosphere.

Manor Farm, on Moor Lane, East Stoke, open noon to 6pm, is a new garden to the scheme.

Manor Farm, East Stoke. (48343789)
Manor Farm, East Stoke. (48343789)

It is a half-acre country garden planted for colour and perfume, which was started in 2015 and is still evolving.

There is a new secret garden to compliment the packed borders and shrubberies, gravel garden, rose pergola, box parterre and mature trees.

It is suitable for wheelchair access and there will be plants and refreshments for sale.

Park Farm, on Crink Lane, Southwell, is open from 1pm to 5pm.

Park Farm, Southwell. (48343791)
Park Farm, Southwell. (48343791)

The three-acre garden is remarkable for its extensive variety of trees, shrubs and perennials, many rare and unusual. It has long colourful herbaceous borders, roses, woodland garden and large wildlife pond. New for 2021 is woodland planting.

There are spectacular views of the minster across a wildflower meadow and ha-ha.

It has wheelchair access, is dog friendly, and there will be plants for sale.

The Poplars, at 60 High Street, Sutton-on-Trent, open from 1pm to 5.30pm, is a mature half-acre garden on the site of a Victorian flower nursery.

It is now a series of well planted areas each with its own character, including exotics courtyard, pond and oriental gravel garden, jungle with thatched shack, woodland area, potager and fernery.

It is dog friendly, and plants and refreshments will be on sale.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors access to more than 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, raising money for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinson’s UK and Carers Trust.

Most gardens are now open with no need to pre-book tickets but the smaller gardens are advising pre-booking, go to www.ngs.org.uk before visiting.

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