A magnificent 70 locations in Cheshire and Wirral are open to the public through the National Garden Scheme in 2024. Last year, the National Garden Scheme donated £3.4 million to beneficiaries providing critical support to nursing and health charities, including Marie Curie, Macmillan Cancer Support, Hospice UK, Carer’s Trust, The Queen’s Nursing Institute and Parkinson’s UK. The gardens in Cheshire and Wirral contributed £158,000 to this figure.

Every garden visit supports these charities and helps to change lives. Not only are they an affordable way to get inspiration from gardens, large and small, an NGS day out is the perfect opportunity to enjoy tea and cakes too.

Great British Life: Peover Hall Gardens, Over Peover Peover Hall Gardens, Over Peover (Image: Liz Mitchell)

Over Peover WA16 9HW
The extensive formal gardens to Peover Hall feature a series of garden rooms filled with clipped box, water garden, Romanesque loggia, warm brick walls, unusual doors, secret passageways, beautiful topiary work, walled gardens, a rockery, rhododendrons and pleached limes. Peover Hall, a Grade II* listed Elizabethan family house dating from 1585, provides a fine backdrop


Great British Life: Norley Court, Norley, Frodsham Norley Court, Norley, Frodsham (Image: Liz Mitchell)

Norley, Frodsham WA6 8NY
A large spring garden with rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris, a bluebell wood and embothyriums flowering against a backdrop of North Cheshire views. A variety of trees are planted along the banks, including cornus, a handkerchief tree, Judas trees, sorbus and an Arbutus unedo.


Great British Life: The Old Parsonage, Arley Green The Old Parsonage, Arley Green (Image: Liz Mitchell)

Arley Green CW9 6LZ
A two-acre garden in an attractive and secretive rural setting in a secluded part of Arley Estate, with ancient yew hedges, herbaceous and mixed borders, shrub roses, climbers, leading to a woodland garden and unfenced pond with gunnera and water plants. See rhododendrons, azaleas, meconopsis, cardiocrinum, and some interesting and unusual trees.


Great British Life: Rowley House, Kermincham Rowley House, Kermincham (Image: Liz Mitchell)

Kermincham CW4 8DX
There is a formal courtyard garden and informal gardens featuring rare trees and herbaceous borders, a pond with swamp cypress and a woodland walk with maples, rhododendrons, ferns and shade-loving plants. Beyond the garden there are wildflower meadows natural ponds and a wood with ancient oaks. There’s also wood sculptures by Andy Burgess.


Great British Life: Laskey Farm, Thelwall Laskey Farm, Thelwall (Image: Liz Mitchell)

Thelwall WA4 2TF
A one-and-a-half-acre garden with herbaceous and rose borders, vegetable area, a greenhouse, parterre and a maze, showcasing grasses and prairiestyle planting. Interconnected pools for wildlife, specimen koi and terrapins form an unusual water garden, which features a swimming pond. There is a treehouse plus a number of birds and animals.


To find out more about any of the gardens visit https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/ then search by location or by garden name.


Saturday 18th

Bankhead, Barnhill, Chester

64 Carr Wood, Altrincham

Parvey Lodge, Sutton, Macclesfield

Peover Hall Gardens, Over Peover

Sunday 19th

Manley Knoll, Manley

Peover Hall Gardens, Over Peover

Swineyard Hall, High Legh

Saturday 25th

The Old Parsonage, Arley Green

Sunday 26th

Laskey Farm, Thelwall

Norley Court, Norley

The Old Parsonage, Arley Green

Rowley House, Kermincham

Monday 27th

Laskey Farm, Thelwall