Garden Accepted into the National Gardens Scheme!

 
                     
2014 Open Days. You will be able to visit in 2014 on the following dates:
April 18th (Good Friday) (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) - there will be hidden Easter Treats in the garden on this date.
May 5th (May Day) (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
May 26th (Whitsuntide Bank Holiday) (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
June 8th (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) - Participating in the National Gardens Festival
August 6th & 13th (3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Scan the QR code below to get these dates on your SmartPhone or mobile device.


The garden has been featured in the following media: NGS website | NGS local news section (2011) | Sheffield Star (2011, 2012 & 2013) | Sheffield Telegraph (2011 & 2013) | NGS news page (2012) | Dronfield Eye | The Telegraph gardening section | The One Show (BBC 1) | BBC Radio Sheffield | Amateur Gardeninghttp://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens/gardenfinder/garden.aspx?id=22682http://www.ngs.org.uk/news-features/local-news/winters-and-the-garden---12-ansell-road.aspxNGS_files/star.pdfhttp://www.ngs.org.uk/news-features/local-news/12-ansell-road---one-year-on.aspxhttp://content.yudu.com/A1xf6r/DronfieldEyeAugust12/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/gardening/roundup-weedkiller/9245698/bank-holiday-gardens-plant-sales-calendar.htmlhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/gardening/roundup-weedkiller/9245698/bank-holiday-gardens-plant-sales-calendar.htmlshapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1shapeimage_3_link_2shapeimage_3_link_3shapeimage_3_link_4shapeimage_3_link_5shapeimage_3_link_6


Background.


I’ve long admired the gardens at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, family home and seat of the Sitwells, which I first saw about 22 years ago on a day when they opened for the National Gardens Scheme and my parents, who had visited on a previous NGS day, suggested that we all went to visit.


With each passing year (and in latter times, week) Renishaw Hall’s gardens became better and better, under the skill and guidance of Lady Penelope Sitwell, her late husband Sir Reresby and their head gardeners Mr. Alfred Chambers and more recently Mr. David Kesteven.


Very sadly Sir Reresby died just before the gardens opened for the 2009 season and his daughter inherited the home. Lady Sitwell no longer lives there either. Their influence and skill are sorely missed and this is starting to show.


Although I’ve ‘borrowed’ many ideas from Reneshaw Hall’s gardens and made vastly scaled down attempts to shoe-horn them into my own garden, I would never have thought of attempting to open mine to the public. However, in spring 2010 my mother made an off-the-cuff remark about the amount of time I spend in the garden (not to mention the money I spend on it!) to the effect that “you’ll be opening up to the public soon!”.


Shortly after that remark I visited the gardens of Cynthia and John Ramsden at Fanshawe Gate Hall, in Holmesfield. I had been hoping to visit Fanshawe Gate for many years, but never managed to be free on their open days. Again, the exquisite gardens of Fanshawe Gate Hall are vast by comparison to mine, and they are utterly charming. Cynthia displayed such vigour and enthusiasm not only about the gardens but also about the open days  which they have held for NGS (and other charities) for many years now, and it was infectious: I came away seriously considering whether my garden could be opened for public scrutiny.


A few enquiries via the NGS website revealed that there is no minimum size of garden that they will consider and that the main issues that they need to feel are satisfactorily dealt with are access, a minimum of 45 minutes worth of interest in the garden, and health and safety matters.


I then visited the garden of another infectiously enthusiastic plantswoman, Jenny Street, in Totley. Her garden is also beautiful and exciting - and also more similar in size to my own. Following this visit - and a chat with Jenny - I then made an application to NGS and Irene Dougan, the County Organiser, came to visit in August 2010. I was delighted that she very quickly gave a verbal assessment of the garden as being worthy of opening. Shortly afterwards Irene sent the forms through and I opened for the first time in May 2011.


The garden has been featured in the following places: NGS website | NGS local news section (2011) | Sheffield Star (2011, 2012 & 2013) | Sheffield Telegraph (2011 & 2013) | NGS news page (2012) | Dronfield Eye | The Telegraph gardening section | The One Show (BBC 1) | BBC Radio Sheffield | Amateur Gardening

 
Garden Information Leaflets - these are available in printed format on Open Days.
Garden Plan - you may download a pdf version of this, complete with key, here: garden map.pdf.NGS_files/Garden%20MAP.pdfshapeimage_9_link_0
Plant List: you may view a list of the majority of plants in my garden here: Plants.htmNGS_files/Plants.htmshapeimage_10_link_0