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Local gardens open to the public this summer

Published: 19 Jul 2013 11:000 comments

ENJOY someone else's hard work in the garden thanks to the National Gardens Scheme.

Littlecote House Hotel in Hungerford, which will open to the public on August 3, 4 and 31, as well as September 21-22.

The RISC Roof Garden

35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS. Saturday, August 10. Noon-4pm. Adults £3 and children free. Groups also welcome by appointment for tours.

Small edible roof forest garden developed to demonstrate sustainability and dependence on plants. All plants there have an economic use for food, clothing, medicine, and come from all over the world. Demonstrations of renewable energy, water harvesting and irrigation systems are also shown during the tour.

Littlecote House Hotel

Hungerford, RG17 0SU. August 3, 4 and 31; September 21-22. 11am-4pm. Adults £4 and no children allowed.

Beautiful setting with views of the Kennet Valley over lawns and parkland. Formal areas including herbaceous borders, rose and herb garden, clipped yew and box hedging, fruit trees. There is also a stumpery and a courtyard with large planters and an attractive selection of hanging baskets.

Ditton Manor

Riding Court Road, Datchet, Slough, SL3 9LL. Saturday, August 10. 11am-5pm. Adults £3.50, children go free.

Building sits on a 14-acre moated island at the centre of a fine 208-acre estate created in the traditional English landscape style. Manor enjoys fine views over parkland, woodland and lakes.

Old Waterfield

Winkfield Road, Ascot, SL5 7LJ. Sunday, August 25. 2-5pm. Adults £3.50, children free.

Set in 4 acres between Ascot Heath and Windsor Great Park, the original cottage garden has been developed and extended over the past few years. Herbaceous borders, meadow with specimen trees, large productive vegetable garden, orchard, mixed hedging. Plants for sale include unusual varieties grown from seed. Homemade jams and chutneys also for sale.

Parklea

Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood, RG7 1PH. Sunday, August 25. 11am-5pm. Admission by donation.

Beautiful and imaginative garden behind a traditional Victorian semi-detached cottage which demonstrates how much interest and beauty can be packed into a tiny space. Picture perfect garden bursting with ideas using old and reclaimed materials in an imaginative way.

Lower Lovetts Farm

Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill, RG10 9YE. Tuesday, August 20. Noon-5pm. Visitors also welcome by appointment until Tuesday, August 27. Adults £4, or by appointment £5, children free.

Fascinating large modern organic kitchen garden. Wide variety of vegetables and fruit grown for home consumption and nutritional value. Flowers grown for eating or herbal teas. Lots of interesting growing techniques and tips are given as well.

For a full list visit www.ngs.org.uk

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