NGS Evening Openings

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) opens over 3,500 exceptional gardens across England and Wales throughout the year but sometimes it’s not possible to visit during the day or at weekends. However, there is no need to despair because now many NGS gardens offer evening openings and the perfect chance to unwind after a busy day. (pictured above Trentham Estate).

Evening openings can be a perfect way to discover some of the delightful gardens open under the NGS and you could discover a garden on your way home from work or just view them in a different light, perhaps watching the sunset in beautiful surroundings.

Gardens with evening opening include 15, The Avenue, Sutton, Surrey – Evening Opening 6th July 2019.

(above) 15 The Avenue

This is a contemporary garden designed by RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winner, Marcus Barnett. The four levels in this garden are divided into rooms by beech hedging and columns. There is a formal entertaining area and a wildflower medal. Over 100 hostas hug the house. Visitors can also enjoy a number of contemporary sculptures.

Tresillian Garden, Leicestershire – evening opening 6th July 2019.

(above – Tresillian Garden)

This is a new summer open evening offering a relaxing visit with live – but gentle – jazz. This secluded and quiet garden on the southern side of Melton Mowbray, features a wide range of interesting specimen trees, pond, natural bog garden and koi carp pond.

Trentham Estate, Staffordshire – open 12th June, 2019.

Having undergone a major restoration programme, Trentham is now settling into a beautiful and interesting garden. The restoration has revealed the historic landscape designed by Capability Brown as well as replenishing the garden with vast new contemporary plantings of annuals, perennials, trees and shurbs. The evening opening on the 12th June includes a tour with Trentham Garden Team Manager, Carol Adam and garden team members Mark Porter and Richard Hilton. (pictured banner top of page.)

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion, opens 20th June, 2019.

(above -Llanerchaeron Garden, Wales)

This small C18 Welsh gentry estate set in the beautiful Dyffryn Aeron, has two extensively restored walled gardens. The kitchen garden sits at the core of the estate with a John Nash villa built in 1795 and home farm, all virtually unaltered since its construction.

For a wider selection of evening opening gardens across England and Wales see:

Photo credits: All photographs ©National Garden Scheme (individual gardens illustrated are named underneath).