Open Gardens Day

1. Whistlecraft

An old thatched cottage with a beautiful garden that is complimented by stunning river views.

2. Brett Vale

An established garden on an elevated site with wonderful views overlooking the Brett valley.

3. Hill House

The garden and grounds extend to about two acres. In the formal garden there are a selection of herbaceous and shrub borders containing an interesting selection of plants and shrubs designed to give year round colour. The main garden leads out to the more informal area which has grass areas, a host of wild flowers, fruit trees, hazel bushes a selection of semi-mature trees and a pond.

4. The Red House

Mixed shrubs and lovely herbaceous borders flanking lawned areas.

5. Chestnut Cottage

A garden of about half an acre comprising a herb garden, mixed borders, pond and a bog garden. A meadow area that runs down to the river providing a more diverse habitat.

6. The Old Forge

Two and a half years ago when I retired I was looking for a project. I found it in the garden which at the time consisted of a rough grazing meadow and a roadside garden overrun with nettles The garden contains what is reputed to be one of Britain's oldest Black Poplars. You can see how far the transformation has gone to date and what is still to do.

7. The Old Manor

To the side and rear of the house is a mature walled garden of about an acre with herbaceous borders planted to create all year round interest. Through the small gate of the NW wall is a wildflower garden and fruit trees.

8. Middle House

A walled garden with a large London Plane tree. There is a semi wild upper garden and wood beyond the wall which is part coppiced and home to bees.

9. Princhetts

A garden of some two acres. Starting in the walled garden with open borders, one moves into the vegetable garden, through the wonderful hedge is a grassed area with numerous shrubs and small trees then finally a fruit tree avenue in a wild flower meadow.

10. The Summer House

A small walled cottage garden with herbaceous borders, roses, some vegetables, gravel paths, lawn and terraces. There is also an ornamental fish pond and a dovecote.

11. Bridge House

A tranquil riverside garden with a small island, a tiny mixed orchard and views over the water meadows. There is a walled kitchen garden and adjacent scented walk.

12. The Old Hall

This garden has stunning views across the river to the church. The garden area running down to the rivers’ edge is available for visitors to use as a picnic spot. We make a polite request that you take away whatever you bring with you. Thank you.

13. The Coach House

This Italian-influenced English garden, once part of Chelsworth Park and benefiting from some magnificent mature trees - a Wellingtonia and Cedar of Lebanon, has wildlife, vegetables and fruit trees as a priority.  There is also an abundance of rose and sweet-pea covered arches and pergolas, a gravel garden and two ponds with breeding crested newts.

14. The Grange

The garden is a delightfully peaceful setting. There are formal areas where you can enjoy mixed borders and a pleasingly planted walled garden. Beyond is a wild island bordered by the river Brett and the old moat.

15. Oak Tree Cottage

This is the place for cake, coffee and tea

In the welcoming shade of a large walnut tree.

A thatched cottage with an ancient oak

And an acre of lawn on a south facing slope.

A new orchard and many specimen trees to see

With borders of box, roses and delphiniums – a speciality

16. Church View

A newly planted garden within established boundaries which is opening for the first time. A variety of spaces with lots of places “to stand and stare”…sit if you prefer.

17. Tudor Cottage

Reduced in size but not in welcome. Recovering well from eleven months of a thatching experience. Relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this well- loved cottage garden.

18. Hope Cottage

Hope Cottage is another garden opening for the first time. It is a modern cottage garden created from the wet end of a field, clay loving plants are essential! After a lot of work it is pleasing, if not miraculous, that it is taking shape despite ragwort, bindweed, bristly ox tongue, ant hills, moles, badgers, deer, pigeons and rabbits. Rolling lawned area with flower borders, fruit trees, vegetable patch and rose beds, with a view up to the village woodland.

19. Woodstock Cottage

Passing through an established floral walkway with substantial raised beds of cottage garden flowers you approach wide steps up to an acre field that offers wonderful views back to the house.

20. Meadow Cottage

A sheltered courtyard leads to a cottage garden with lawn, roses, herbaceous borders and shrubs. Through the beech hedge is a meadow with fruit trees and bushes and an asparagus bed.

21. Swifts Garden

The river meanders and whispers past,

Winding paths where weeds grow fast.

The Rambling Rector, a rose of white,

A true delight of scent and sight.

The swamp cypress trees rise tall,

Red bark rough, a towering wall.

Annuals, perennials, sun and shade,

A garden living, yet to fade.

22. The Old Farm

The garden has a riverside aspect. It has water, a lake, willows and wildlife in abundance.

Gardens that were open in 2016  Click this text for a few photographs