|Seen on our trip to the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show.
Theres so much to do this 4 day weekend In case you hadn’t noticed the Queen is trying to whip us up into a patriotic flag flurry. Enjoy the long weekend!
If a garden visit is more your thing then take a look at these two National Garden Scheme gardens open on the Isle of Wight.
5 Great Park Cottages, off Betty-Haunt Lane, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, PO30 4H
Described by the NGS as: From windswept barren 2-acre cattle field to developing tranquil country garden. Natural, mainly native, planting and wild flowers. Cottagey front garden, herb garden, orchard, fruit cage and large pond. The good life and haven for wildlife!
Opening on :
Sun 3 June (11-4.30)Admission:
£3, children free
The second is on Saturday: Nunwell House:
Coach Lane, Brading, Isle of Wight, PO36 0JQ
5-acres of beautifully set formal and shrub gardens with Cornus kousa and old-fashioned shrub roses prominent. Exceptional Solent views from the terraces. Small arboretum laid out by Vernon Russell Smith and walled garden with herbaceous borders. House (not open) developed over 5 centuries and full of architectural interest. Further details:
Nunwell Gardens cover about 6 acres and were first documented by Sir John Oglander c1640 when he recorded that the parlour garden had ‘all sorts of French flowers and tulips as well as a vine’. The gardens have developed over the centuries. A walled garden was added c1750, the front lawns enhanced c1896 and the lower garden planted about 1930. After the Second World War the long shrub border was created on land used as a wartime home guard ammunition dump and the steps leading to the old tennis court were bordered with lavender. In 1963 Vernon Russell Smith laid out a small arboretum to the west of the house. In 1998 Mrs Aylmer converted the inside of the walled garden to its present lay-out of lawns and herbaceous borders. The whole garden is in a very tranquil setting with some lovely views across the Solent
Opening dates and times:
For NGS: Sun 3 June (2-5)
For other opening times and information, please phone
Admission: £3, children under 10 free
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