Three gardens to visit this Easter weekend

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The Old Corn Mill - NGS

The Old Corn Mill, Aston Crews, nr Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 7LW

The Old Corn Mill exemplifies the sensitively nurtured style of garden that is increasingly popular with owners and visitors in the National Garden Scheme. Gently introduced planting such as drifts of tulips in meadow grass and aquatic marginals along the stream enhance the natural scenery of woodland and waterside that leads out to sheep meadows and Herefordshire countryside. Wild daffodils seed themselves and if you’re lucky the spotted orchids will be out. There’s a trail for children, but with the freshness of spring, this is enchanting for all ages.

Open Sunday April 21 and Monday April 22, 1pm-5pm. Admission £5, children free, refreshments, plants for sale, dogs welcome.

John’s Garden at Ashwood Nurseries, Ashwood Lower Lane, Ashwood, Staffordshire DY6 0AE

John Ashwood's garden Credit: NGS

John Massey is the distinguished horticulturalist, owner of Ashwood Nurseries and holder of the RHS Victoria Medal of Honour. His garden is a plantsman’s paradise, brimming with rarities but set out in an a varied and engaging setting.

It is possibly at its best in spring when the wonderful collections of malus and amelanchier are all in flower, along with an array of tulips, hepaticas and an Anemone pavonina meadow that is like a brilliantly coloured jewel box. The garden’s range, including the rock garden, pergola and canalside setting, make for an absorbing visit.

Open Sunday April 21, 10am-4pm. Admission £5, children free, teas, plants for sale.

Firsby Manor, Firsby, nr Spilsby, Lincolnshire PE23 5QJ

Firsby Manor

David and Gill Boldy are daffodil enthusiasts, and spread through their restful three-acre garden are some 100 different daffodil cultivars, some in long drifts, others mixing with cowslips and other spring flowers in a meadow setting. Around the elegant Georgian farmhouse (not open) the garden unfolds itself through borders and the yew-hedged secret garden, then out into natural woodland carpeted with daffodils, then bluebells and the consciously wild area around the adjacent pond. This is a garden for children to explore and for adults to enjoy the unspoilt peace.

Open Monday April 22, 1pm-4.30pm. Admission £3, children free, refreshments, plants for sale, dogs welcome.

 

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