NGS spring gardens in Surrey 2011 - 10 of the best

PUBLISHED: 14:47 20 March 2012 | UPDATED: 19:08 20 February 2013

NGS spring gardens in Surrey 2011 - 10 of the best

NGS spring gardens in Surrey 2011 - 10 of the best

With cabin fever starting to set in after one of the worst winters in living memory, we asked the National Gardens Scheme for their pick of the spring charitable garden openings in Surrey

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2011

With cabin fever starting to set in after one of the worst winters in living memory, we asked the National Gardens Scheme for their pick of the spring charitable garden openings in Surrey

Photos: Leigh Clapp

Leigh Clapp is Surrey Life's gardening expert andexplores adifferent Surrey garden's secretseach monthfor the magazine

Chauffeurs Flat
Tandridge Lane, Tandridge, SurreyRH8 9NJ
Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13, 10.30am to 4.30pm
With a special early spring opening for 2011, sure-footed visitors enter a one-acre magical garden with magnificent views. Spring bulbs, structures, textures and imaginative use of recycled materials create an inspired variety of ideas. Admission, 3; children free.

Albury Park
Albury, SurreyGU5 9BH
Sunday March 20, 2pm to 5pm
A 14-acre pleasure garden laid out in the 1670s by John Evelyn for Henry Howard, later the 6th Duke of Norfolk, and featuring terraces, a fine collection of trees, a lake and a river. Admission, 3.50; children free.

Timber Hill
Chertsey Road, Chobham, SurreyGU24 8JF
Sunday March 27, 11am to 4.30pm
A beautifully situated 15-acre, woodland garden and park, with views to the North Downs and fine specimens of oaks, liquidambar and liriodendron. Read more in this months gardening feature by Leigh Clapp on page 120. Admission, 3.50; children free.

The Chalet
Tupwood Lane, Caterham, SurreyCR3 6ET
Sunday March 27 and Sunday April 3, 11am to 4.30pm
The 55-acre gardens of West Ham chairman David Gold feature carpets of daffodils, as well as lakes, ornamental ponds, koi carp and waterfall. Ancient woodlands, grass lands and a formal garden, plus large planted terraces, lie within the grounds of a beautiful Victorian mansion (not open). Admission, 3; children free.

Hambledon, SurreyGU8 4EF
Sunday March 27 to Sunday April 3, 10am to 6pm
From the old Cottage Garden with delightfully informal planting in a formal setting, to the Water Garden, laid out and planted by Gertrude Jekyll in 1911, this internationally renowned five-acre garden near Godalming offers inspiration to expert and amateur gardeners alike. Admission, 4.50; children free.

Peaslake Road, Ewhurst, SurreyGU6 7NT
Sunday April 10, Sunday April 17 and Monday April 25, 2pm to 6pm
Set high in the Surrey Hills, this 14-acre landscaped garden features four lakes and a bog garden. Its three-and-a-half acre lakeside arboretum is a highlight. Admission, 5; children, 2.

Caxton House
67 West Street, Reigate, SurreyRH2 9DA
Sunday April 10, 2pm to 5pm
A lovely large April garden with a wildlife wood, which is maturing nicely. There are two well-stocked ponds as well as a large collection of hellebores and carpets of spring flowers. Admission, 3; children free.

Vale End
Chilworth Road, Albury, SurreyGU5 9BE
Sunday April 17, 2pm to 5pm
In an idyllic setting overlooking a mill pond, this one-acre walled garden is arranged on many levels. Spring garden and wild flower meadow give way to borders richly planted with roses, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Admission, 3; children free.

Shelvers Way
41 Shelvers Way, Tadworth, SurreyKT20 5QJ
Sunday April 17, 2pm to 5.30pm
Just under half an acre, this is a garden of dense and detailed planting, starting with a mass of spring bulbs including over a hundred varieties of daffodils. In one part, beds of choice perennials are interlaced by paths and backed by unusual shrubs and mature trees. Admission, 3; children free.

Chestnut Lodge
Old Common Road, Cobham, SurreyKT11 1BU
Sunday April 24, 11am to 5pm
Surrounding a late Georgian house (not open), this interesting five-acre garden offers an unrivalled opportunity to enjoy fine specimen trees, wonderful wisteria, shrubs, and rare and exotic plants at close quarters. And dont forget to look out for the waterfowl, too. Admission, 5; no children under 15 admitted.

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