August is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as the National Garden Scheme has 5 gardens opening around the county.
One of the must-visit gardens on our list is Honey Trees, nestled at 85 Grantham Road, Bottesford, NG13 0EG. Honey Trees is a tropical garden with lush planting, and hint of the jungle, with ponds and streams it is a botanical paradise created from 20 years plant hunting. Exotic flower beds, meandering pathways, with interesting different climatic zones. Open every Sunday throughout August from 11:00 to 16:00.
If you’re seeking a picturesque retreat, look no further than 221 Markfield Road in Groby, LE6 0FT. This is a lovely south facing garden of around an acre packed with shrubs, trees and late flowering perennials. There are also fishponds, greenhouses and vegetable plots and woodland views. Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until August 20th, from 10:00 to 16:00.
On August 6th, be sure to visit 182 Ashby Road, Hinckley, LE10 1SW. This is a cottage style garden, packed with perennials and a small pond to attract frogs and a bog garden area complete with an irrigation system. There is a greenhouse and potting shed together with plenty of seating to sit and enjoy the different aspects of the garden. Opening hours are from 11:00 to 17:00.
The Old Barn, Rectory Lane, Stretton-En-Le-Field, Swadlincote DE12 8AF opens over the weekend of 19th and 20th August. Around 2 acres with trees, shrubs, herbaceous planting, cobbled paths, pergola with climbing plants, rewilding meadow, pea fowl and a treasure hunt for children, who have free entry and will love to see all the Peacocks roaming around the garden. Opening hours are from 11:00 to 17:00.
The last garden opening in August is Tresillian house 67 Dalby Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0BQ from 11:00 to 16:00. This is a secluded garden just outside the town and features a wide range of interesting specimen trees, with pond, natural bog garden and koi carp pond. Many unusual plants for differing seasons. There is also a working vegetable garden, heated and cold greenhouses. There will be live Jazz and a small art exhibitions by local artists. The Pond Specialist Company ‘Wild Water Ponds’ will be around ideal for expert pond advice.
By exploring these hidden treasures, you’ll be supporting nursing and cancer charities. The National Garden Scheme takes great pride in giving back to the community, with donations exceeding £3.11 million to esteemed charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, and The Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2022 alone.
To find out more about the National Garden Scheme, visit https://ngs.org.uk/