10 National Garden Scheme open gardens to visit in Cheshire this summer

Allium ‘Purple Sensation’

Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ at Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery - Credit: Alison Moore

The past few years has seen the annual National Garden Scheme was limited to an online experience in 2020 and reduced numbers of locations in 2021, but things are looking up for the popular scheme with a number of popular gardens coming back after the pandemic, as well as some special places that have not opened for many years.

This year, the scheme returns to Cheshire with over 50 locations taking part, from residential gardens, community allotments and stately homes.

Cholmondeley Castle gardens

Cholmondeley Castle gardens - Credit: Bronwyn Kelly

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, nr Malpas
5th May
You will have just missed the stunning daffodils displays from the Spring, but with over seventy acres of landscaped gardens and wooded areas, you will plenty to fill your day.

Mount Pleasant
15th May, 4th September
Mount Pleasant has ten acres of landscaped garden and woodland with impressive views over the Cheshire countryside. The estate is so diverse that there will be something for everyone.

The Old Parsonage, Arley
28th - 29th May
A two acre garden in a secluded part of Arley Estate, with ancient yew hedges, herbaceous and mixed borders, shrub roses, climbers, leading to woodland garden and unfenced pond with gunnera and water plants.

Tattenhall Hall, nr Chester
29th May
A four and a half acre estate with wildflower meadows, a large pond, walled garden, colour themed borders and views to of the Peckforton hills.

Peover Hall Gardens, nr Knutsford
4th - 5th June
Most horticulturalists will be heading to Knutsford for RHS Tatton on July 20th - 24th. A visit to the extensive formal gardens at Peover Hall, just a few weekends before that, is well worth the trip.

One House Walled Garden, Wildboarclough
11th - 12th June
Head to the edge of the Peak District for this historic early 18th century walled kitchen garden, hidden for 60 yrs and restored by volunteers. There is a free rural life exhibition next to the car park.

Hale Village Gardens
25th June
Not the Hale in the south of Manchester, but the village overlooking the River Mersey. Five gardens of various sizes are open, pay one admission price and you get entry to all the gardens on that day.

Burton Village Gardens
26th June
Head to the Wirral for a trip to Burton. Local gardens will be open as well as the grounds of Burton Manor Walled Garden. There's plenty nearby that you combine this trip with including: Burton Wood, Burton RSPB and Ness Botanical gardens.

Veroncastrums, geranium and lychnis

Veroncastrums, geranium and lychnis create waves of colour in a herbaceous broder at Bluebell Cottage Gardens, - Credit: Joe Wainwright Photography

Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Dutton
2nd - 3rd July
You will be a bit to late to view the bluebells this year, but there is more to this garden than spring blooms. By July, the wildflower meadows should be in their full glory.

The Old Byre, Nantwich
16th July
A new location for 2022. This five acre working smallholding has everything from grazing land and beehives, a large cider apple orchard, wildlife pond, vegetable and cutting garden patch.


Click here to view all the NGS Cheshire locations.

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