Late Summer Beauty

PUBLISHED: 13:20 19 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 20 February 2013

the Avenue with Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer'

the Avenue with Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer'

Sean Magee selects four enchanting and colourful National Gardens Scheme gardens to visit – and help raise funds

The Courts

The Courts, Holt, is a beautifully kept National Trust garden, with yew hedges, colour-themed borders, a fine water garden, arboretum, conservatory and kitchen garden.
Open:"for the NGS on 11 September (11am-5pm), admission 6.50.
GPS ref: BA14 6RR

The Old Mill

The Old Mill, Ramsbury, is a 5-acre garden in a wonderful setting with water providing the background to a whimsical garden of pollarded limes, sculpture, pots and herbaceous borders bursting with colour.
Open: 26 August (2pm-5pm), admission 3.50.
GPS ref: SN8 2PN

The Priory House

The Priory House, Bradford on Avon, is a -acre town garden created by the owners, Tim and Jenny Woodall, over the last five years. It is mostly formal with roses, a colour-co-ordinated herbaceous border and knot garden in front of the house.
Open: 1 August (2pm-5.30pm), admission 2.50.
GPS ref: BA15 1LH

Sharcott Manor

Sharcott Manor, 1 mile south-west of Pewsey, is a
6-acre plantsmans garden on greensand, developed over the last 30 years for year-round interest with rambler roses, densely planted borders with unusual plants, and a woodland walk around a small lake.
Open: 4 August, 1 September (11am-5pm) and 5 September (2pm-6pm), admission 3.50.


Wiltshire is blessed with many fine gardens open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme. Visiting these gardens provides a wonderful day out as well as raising money for national nursing, gardening and other charities. The two main beneficiaries are MacMillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care, but there are six other charities supported by the NGS as well as others nominated by individual garden owners. Nationally the NGS donates about 2.5 million per annum to charities, and in Wiltshire the gardens raise some 50,000.

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