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04/05/2013 at 21:15

evening all!

just wondered if any of you can suggest a garden or two for hubby and I to visit this weekend?

we live in Burton on trent, willing to travel around 45 mins. Can't walk too far at the mo, so somewhere with plenty of benches and/or a coffee shop would be handy.

we like all types of gardens, but the mr always enjoys the more exotic


04/05/2013 at 22:03

Go to your local Garden centre and ask for the "yellow book" for your area. In this will be all the private gardens open for charity locally. Usually there are one or two every day. The book is free or available for a small charge. 

04/05/2013 at 22:08

You can do it all on line now.

04/05/2013 at 22:10

Great idea Nut.. you can enjoy a cake while you browse....

04/05/2013 at 22:11

You can find yellow book gardens open by visiting:

Good hunting.

there are quite a few open this weekend

04/05/2013 at 22:13
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

Great idea Nut.. you can enjoy a cake while you browse....


Then more cake when you get to the garden


04/05/2013 at 22:17

That's just what I was about to say ww and nutcutlet!  Here's a link for NGS Gardens within a 25 mile radius of BoT, and open this w/e.

Happy visiting!

04/05/2013 at 22:26

Tilley, you can always pick up from your local garden centre/ public library/TIC etc.a free copy of the 2013 NGS Open Gardens guide for your county/area.  Then you won't have to keep hopping onto the computer.

04/05/2013 at 22:35

There is also online the National Directory of Open Gardens, all raising money for charity.



08/05/2013 at 03:40


09/05/2013 at 20:01

Might take you a bit longer than 45 minutes but can't recommend Barnsdale (near Oakham in Rutland) strongly enough.  Plenty of seats and quite compact.  Also the Garden Organic gardens at Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Coventry are good.  Both have decent caffs and good plant sales too,

09/05/2013 at 22:07

Thank you. The suggested sites to find gardens were very useful

12/05/2013 at 16:11


For next weekend, I know it's right at your 45min limit, but all on A38/M1, have you been to Renishaw Hall, near M1 Barlborough junction. Plenty of benches, sheltered, handy parking, coffee, and a great Italianate garden.

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