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Rare chance to see some of Wiltshire’s finest gardens in May

Posted on 27th April 2016

For garden enthusiasts, mark down mid-May for a visit to Wiltshire as many of its beautiful, lush gardens are opening to the public for a day to celebrate blooms, bees and hopefully sunshine.

 Corsham Court, Wiltshire

On 15 May, several gardens in the National Garden Scheme (NGS) will welcome visitors to their locations. Any of the great gardens are great to enjoy and are a short drive from your holiday cottage in Wiltshire.

A way to celebrate Britain’s brilliant landscapes as well as a new way to support a variety of charities, the National Garden Scheme was started in the 1927. The group was started as avid supporters of nursing efforts in the country. According to the group, they have donated over £45 million around the country.

One of the gardens in the scheme that will open on 15 May is Ridleys Cheer at Mountain Bower near Chippenham. The garden of mixed borders, lawns, and interesting collection of shrubs and trees has been 50 years in the making. The trees are the showpieces of the site, but Ridleys Cheer also features 130 rose varieties – from old-fashioned to modern shrub roses. There is also a meadow and a dew pond on the property.

With an informal network of gardens, the Ark Farm near Tisbury and Old Wardour Castle features a mixture of wooded areas, water plants and a lakeside walk. With homemade teas available, it will also open on 15 May.

Two other Wiltshire gardens are hosting open dates to welcome visitors as well. The Broadleas House Garden in Devizes is only open to the public on NGS days. In the grounds of a stately house, the garden’s highlight is a small valley built in the style of traditional Cornish Gardens. It is filled with camellias, magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons.

Another special site open to visitors on 15 May are the gardens at Corsham Court. The beautiful park and gardens were conceived by Capability Brown. There are large lawns and a collection of gorgeous ornamental trees that surround this Elizabethan mansion.

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