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Spring’s in the air, so let’s get into the gardens

Helpers nurture seedlings at Rothamsted Research in advance of Markyate plant sale in aid of Hospice of St Francis, May 2013

Helpers nurture seedlings at Rothamsted Research in advance of Markyate plant sale in aid of Hospice of St Francis, May 2013

Spring is here and it’s time to get out and about – and if you like nothing more than having a nose around somebody else’s glorious garden, there are some dates for your diary on the horizon.

On Monday The Abbots House in Abbots Langley will be throwing open the garden gate as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

It’s 1.75 acres packed with unusual trees, shrubs and mixed border with a sunken garden, pond, conservatory and a bed with many Himalayan plants. It will be open on Monday from 2pm to 5pm, and admission is £4 for adults while children go free.

If you can’t make Monday, then check out 15 Gade Valley Cottages in Great Gaddesden, which will be open on Sunday, June 2.

This is a sloping rural garden which features a woodland area emerging by a wildlife pond.

It will be open between 1.30pm and 5pm, admission is £3 for adults and again children get in free.

Find out more about other local gardens involved in NGS charity openings at www.ngs.org.uk.

And if you’re a keen gardener you may want to stock up at a village plant sale which last year raised more than £5,000 for charity.

Saturday’s event in Markyate, in aid of the Northchurch-based Hospice of St Francis, is described as the village’s party of the year.

It’s held in a High Street family garden which will be overflowing with summer bedding plants, a selection of perennials and popular fruit and vegetable plants.

The plants on sale have been selected and nurtured from seeds and plugs by a dedicated team of volunteers, who were provided with growing space by the world-famous Rothamsted Research institute in Harpenden.

Refreshments, picnic lunches and entertainment for the children are all laid on, and the sale kicks off at 10am.

 

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