2017 Gardens Open for the NGS & Other Charitable Events    


BIRCH TREES Copmere End, Eccleshall, ST21 6HH. Susan &
John Weston, 01785 850448, johnweston123@btinternet.com. Sun 9 July, Sun 27,
Mon 28 Aug (1.30-5). Adm £3.50, chd free. Home-made teas. Visits also by
arrangement June to Aug, groups of 10 - 30. Surprising ½ acre SW-facing sun
trap which takes advantage of the ‘borrowed landscape’ of the surrounding
countryside. Take time to explore the pathways between the island beds which
contain many unusual herbaceous plants, grasses and shrubs; also vegetable
patch, stump bed, alpine house, orchard and water features.

COLEY COTTAGE Coley Lane, Little Haywood, Stafford, ST18
0UU. Yvonne Branson, 01889 882715, yvonnebranson@outlook.com. 5m SE of
Stafford. A51 from Rugeley or Weston signed Little Haywood. ½m from Seven
Springs. A513 Coley Lane from Red Lion PH past Back Lane, 100yds on L opp red
post box. Fri 2, Sun 18 June, Wed 9 Aug (11-4). Adm £2.50, chd free. Home-made
teas in the garden. Also open The Secret Garden. Visits also by arrangement
June to Aug pre bookings 10+.A plant lover’s cottage garden, full of subtle
colours and perfume, every inch packed with plants. Clematis and old roses
covering arches, many hostas and agapanthus, a wildlife pool, all designed to
attract birds and butterflies. This garden is now 9yrs old, trees, roses and
herbaceous planting has become well established. Visited by radio Stoke.
Featured in Gardeners News.

4 DENE CLOSE Penkridge, ST19 5HL. David & Anne Smith,
01785 712580. Visits by arrangement June & July individuals and larger
groups welcome. Coaches permitted. Adm £3, chd free. Home-made teas. A
medium-sized garden of many surprises. Vibrant colour-themed herbaceous areas
including a long ‘rainbow border’. Many different grasses and bamboos creating
texture and interest in the garden. Attractive display of many unusual hostas
shown for great effect ‘theatre style’. Shady area for ferns etc. Water feature.
Summerhouse and quiet seating areas within the garden. Home made teas in aid of
County Air Ambulance

THE GARTH 2 Broc Hill Way, Milford, Stafford, ST17 0UB. Mr
& Mrs David Wright, 01785 661182, anitawright1@yahoo.co.uk,
www.anitawright.co.uk. Sun 4, Sun 25 June (2-6). Adm £3, chd free. Cream teas.
Visits also by arrangement May to Sept. ½ acre garden of many levels on Cannock
Chase AONB. Acid soil loving plants. Series of small gardens, water features,
raised beds. Rare trees, island beds of unusual shrubs and perennials, many
varieties of hosta and ferns. Varied and colourful foliage, summerhouse,
arbours and quiet seating to enjoy the garden. Ancient sandstone caves.

GRAFTON COTTAGE Barton-under-Needwood, DE13 8AL. Margaret
& Peter Hargreaves, 01283 713639, marpeter1@btinternet.com. Sun 2, Sun 16
July (11.30-5). Adm £4, chd free. Home-made teas. Evening opening Fri 21 July
(6.30-9). Adm £5, chd free. Wine. Sun 30 July, Sun 6 Aug (11.30-5). Adm £4, chd
free. Home-made teas. Visits also by arrangement June to Aug min adm £80 if
less than 20 people. Donation to Alzheimer’s Research Trust. A visitor from
Dorset commented ‘The best garden I’ve seen and I’ve seen a lot’. It is a great
achievement in colour, form and inspiration to all. Admired over 24 years.
Coloured themed borders with unusual herbaceous plants and perfume from old
fashioned Roses, Sweet peas, violas, dianthus, phlox and lilies. Particular
interests are viticella, clematis , salvia, penstemon, cottage garden annuals
and use of foliage plants, pelargonium, parterre and babbling brook. This year
will be our 25th year of opening for the NGS and we are having an anniversary
evening with wine on Friday 21 July 6-30 till 9-00 adm £5. Waitrose garden (NGS
supplement) Numerous press articles.

THE OLD VICARAGE Fulford, nr Stone, ST11 9QS. Mike &
Cherry Dodson. 4m N of Stone. From Stone A520 (Leek). Sat 24, Sun 25 June
(2-5). Adm £4, chd free. Home-made teas. On edge of attractive village,  1½ acres of formal sloping garden around
Victorian house. Sit on the back terrace or in the summerhouse and enjoy
home-made cakes and tea amongst mature trees, relaxed herbaceous borders, roses
and a small pond. Move onto the organic vegetable garden with raised beds,
fruit cage and very big compost heaps! In complete contrast, walk around the
natural setting of a two-acre reclaimed lake planted with native species
designed to attract wildlife. Waterfall, jetty, fishing hut, acer and fern
glade plus young arboretum provide more interest. Children will enjoy meeting the
chickens and horses. Featured in Weekend Telegraph. Wheelchair access to most

23 ST JOHNS ROAD Rowley Park, Stafford, ST17 9AS. Fiona
Horwath, 01785 258923, fiona_horwath@yahoo.co.uk. Sun 2 Apr (2-5). Combined adm
with 29 St John’s Road £5, chd free. Home-made teas. Evening opening Fri 19 May
(6.30-9). Combined adm with 29 St John’s Road £6, chd free. Wine. Sun 25 June,
Fri 14 July (2-5). Adm £4, chd free. Visits also by arrangement Mar to Sept for
groups of 10+. As you pass through the black and white gate you enter a
part-walled plant lover’s haven. There are bulbs and shady woodlanders in
spring and a plethora of herbaceous plants and climbers.

29 ST JOHN’S ROAD Rowley Park, Stafford, ST17 9AP. Mrs Carol
Shanahan, 07831 453130, shanahanfamily@hotmail.com. Sun 2 Apr (2-5). Combined
adm with 23 St Johns Road £5, chd free. Home-made teas. Evening opening Fri 19
May (6.30-9). Combined adm with 23 St Johns Road £6, chd free. Wine. Fri 4 Aug
(2-5). Adm £4, chd free. Home-made teas. Visits also by arrangement Mar to Sept
groups of 10+. Against a backdrop of mature Hornbeams there are 2 acres of
informal garden made up of many complementary areas. View the wooded ‘dingly
dell’, colourful terraces, abundant kitchen garden, bronze armillary, water
features, circular lawns plus the roses and clematis that scramble through the
trees. Don’t miss the working area of the garden for the most upmarket compost
bins – all made from decking. The majority of the garden is accessible by
wheelchair and there are ramps at most of the steps.

THE WICKETS 47 Long Street, Wheaton Aston, ST19 9NF. Tony
& Kate Bennett, 01785 840233, ajtonyb@talktalk.net. Thur 24, Sun 27 Aug
(1.30-5). Adm £3, chd free. Home-made teas. Visits also by arrangement June to
Aug. There’s a delight around every corner and lots of quirky features in this
most innovative garden. Its themed areas include a fernery, grasses bed, hidden
gothic garden, succulent theatre, cottage garden beds and even a cricket match!
It will certainly give you ideas for your own garden as you sit and enjoy our
acclaimed tea and cake. Wheelchair access - two steps in garden.

YEW TREE COTTAGE Podmores Corner, Long Lane, White Cross,
Haughton, ST18 9JR. Clive & Ruth Plant, 01785 282516, pottyplantz@aol.com.
Sun 30 Apr (2-5); Thur 4 May, Thur 1, Thur 8 June, Thur 6 July (11-5); Sun 23
July (2-5). Adm £3, chd free. Home-made teas. Visits also by arrangement May to
July. Hardy Plant Society member’s garden brimming with unusual plants.
All-yrround interest incl Meconopsis, Trillium, and Arisaema. National
Collection Dierama. ½ acre incl gravel, borders, vegetables and plant sales
area. Covered courtyard with oak-timbered vinery to take tea in if the weather
is unkind, and seats in the garden for lingering on sunny days. Wheelchair
access - level access, grass and paved paths, some narrow and some gravel.

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