NGS spring gardens in Surrey 2012 - 10 of the best

PUBLISHED: 13:46 20 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:11 20 February 2013

NGS spring gardens in Surrey 2012 - 10 of the best

NGS spring gardens in Surrey 2012 - 10 of the best

In bloom and open for the National Gardens Scheme this spring, these Surrey gardens make a great day out

Albury Park
Albury GU5 9BH: 01483 801092
Sunday March 18, 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.

Hambledon GU8 4EF: 01428 683413
Sunday March 25 to Wednesday March 28, Monday April 9 to Sunday April 15, and Sunday May 6 to Sunday May 13, 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 offers inspiration to expert and amateur gardeners alike. Admission: 5; children free.

Timber Hill
Chobham GU24 8JF: 01932 873875
Sunday April 1 and Sunday May 6, 11.30am 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. Admission: 4; children free.

Caxton House
Reigate RH2 9DA: 01737 243158
Sunday April 8, 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.

Coverwood Lakes
Ewhurst GU6 7NT: 01483 801093
Monday April 9, Sundays April 15, 22 and 29, Monday May 7 and Sunday May 13, 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, plus theres a marked trail through the 180-acre working farm with Hereford cows and calves, sheep and horses. Admission: 5; children, 2.

Vale End
Albury GU5 9BE: 01483 202594
Sunday April 15, 2pm to 5pm
In an idyllic setting overlooking a mill pond, this one-acre walled garden is arranged on many levels. A spring garden and wild flower meadow give way to borders richly planted with roses, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Admission: 3.50; children free.

Wintershall Manor
Bramley GU5 0LR: 01483 892167
Saturday April 21 and Saturday May 12, 2pm to 5pm
A two-acre garden with 200 acres of adjoining park and woodland, featuring bluebell walks in spring, wild daffodils, rhododendrons and specimen trees. Lakes and superb views combine with the Chapel of St Mary, stations of the cross, Rosary Walk and St Francis Chapel to make for an idyllic location. Admission: 3.50; children free.

41 Shelvers Way
Tadworth KT20 5QJ: 01737 210707
Sunday April 22, 2pm to 5.30pm
This is a garden of dense and detailed planting, starting with a mass of spring bulbs. In one part of the half-acre garden, beds of perennials are interlaced by paths and backed by unusual shrubs and mature trees. Admission: 3; children free.

The Watergardens
Warren Road, Kingston KT2 7LF: 01483 211535
Sunday April 29, 2pm to 4.30pm
A Japanese landscaped garden that was originally part of Coombe Wood Nursery and planted by the Veitch family in the 1860s. Approximately nine acres with ponds, streams and waterfalls, it also has many rare trees that provide stunning colour. Admission: 4; children 1.

Moleshill House
Cobham KT11 1BG: 01932 864532
Sunday May 6 with jazz in the garden, Monday May 7 with opera singers in the garden, 2pm to 5pm
A romantic garden with a short woodland path leading from a dovecote to beehives and informal planting contrasting with formal topiary. Only five minutes from Claremont Landscape Garden, Painshill Park and RHS Wisley, it is also adjacent to excellent dog-walking woods. Admission: 4; children free.

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2012

In bloom and open for the National Gardens Scheme this spring, these Surrey gardens make a great day out

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