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Summer is on its way and with it the first open gardens in Nottinghamshire – so what have our best gardens in store for us?

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There are more than 50 gardens opening their gates to the public this year between May and September all helping to raise millions of pounds for vital charities.

The gardens are all featured in the National Garden Schemes Yellow Book 2010, a compendium of more than 3,700 gardens in England and Wales open to the public this year.

They range from rolling country estates to small private gardens and many are not otherwise open to the public.

Founded in 1927, the NGS has raised more than 25 million for charity in the last 10 years. Charities include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Crossroads Care, The Queens Nursing Institute, The Royal Fund for Gardeners Children, NGS gardeners careerships (National Trust) and Perennial Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society.

Nottinghamshire open gardens

Chestnut Cottage, Willoughby-on-the-Wolds
This small garden was re-landscaped by the owner in 1999, with a wildlife pond, decking, water feature and summerhouse.

Church House, Hoveringham
Small charming cottage style garden with herbaceous borders, auricula theatre and small vegetable plot.

7 Collygate, Swingate, Kimberley
Created by serious plant addicts. It greets you with an impact of unexpected colour and delights you with the variety and sensitivity of the planting. A peaceful backwater in an urban setting.

Crows Nest Cottage, Nottinghamshire

Bird friendly, mature garden wrapped around the cottage with large wildlife ponds, streams and waterfalls. Yr-round

Darby House, Nottingham
Unusual city garden designed and developed by artist owner. Victorian walled garden with ponds, waterfall, gazebos and fairy-tale shady area surrounded by mature trees.

Dumbleside, Burton Joyce

Two acres of varied habitat. Natural spring and stream planted with primulas, fritillaries and fine specimen shrubs.

Eastfield House, North Wheatley, Retford, Nottinghamshire
Enjoy a two-acre country garden with mature trees set to lawn. Kitchen garden, greenhouse and chickens.

Eynord, Sutton-in-Ashfield

Classic 1930s town house with recently restored garden, displaying well-stocked borders surrounding immaculate lawns. Countless tender specimens in pots, a decked-over air-raid shelter, leading to a clematis and akebia pergola with adjacent fruit garden.

Felley Priory, Underwood

Garden for all seasons with yew hedges and topiary, snowdrops, hellebores, orchard of daffodils, herbaceous borders and old-fashioned rose garden.

The Ferns, North Wheatley, Retford
Cottage garden retrieved from woodland 10 years ago. Sloping site includes pond, stream, ferns and bog garden. Model train set meanders through rooms. Rose garden, statuary, oriental poppies and paeonies in borders.

The Garden House, Mansfield
Plantaholics organically maintained terraced garden Lawn on two levels. Magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, tree paeonies. In excess of 100 newly planted clematis for winter, spring, summer and autumn colour.

Gardeners Cottage, Kirkby in Ashfield

Dramatically sloping site, with interesting garden structures, including a summerhouse which seems to float above the garden, has been worked around a series of interconnecting paths.

Gorene, Beauvale Estate, Newthorpe
Small but intensely packed garden complete with a secret garden.

Granby House, Bingham
Town centre garden with lots of nooks and crannies, borders with wide variety of shrubs and plants.

Gringley Gardens, Gringley-on-the-Hill, Doncaster
Three large but varied gardens in picturesque hill village with wide and distant views including the Secret Garden in a story book setting adding a modern twist to a classic country garden. Appleton House Farm.

Hall Farm Cottage, Kinoulton
Masterclass in the positioning and management of plants which have to move if they dont behave! Grower of Brugmansia Angels Trumpets.
Highly fragrant exotic plants.

Headon and Upton Gardens, Headon
Unusual conifers, pond, herbaceous borders, shrubbery and rockeries, orchard and stunning views of surrounding countryside.

Holbeck Lodge, Halam
Garden created from scratch includes wild plants, herbaceous beds, shrubs, ferns, vegetable garden, rose pergolas, spectacular Constance Spry, Marigold and the Generous Gardener,

Holmes Villa, Walkeringham, nr Gainsborough
Surprises around every corner with places to sit and ponder, gazebos, arbours, ponds, hosta garden, unusual perennials and shrubs for flower arranging: lots of ideas to copy, old tools, ornamental ducks and scarecrows.

1 Lyncombe Gardens, Nottinghamshire
Garden of mixed perennials and roses. Pond, water features, variety of vegetables and salads grown in containers.

Norwell Gardens, Nottinghamshire
Range of different gardens all making superb use of the beautiful backdrop of a quintessentially English village and countryside. They include an outstanding plantsmans garden with more than 2,500 different plants radiating from a Monet pond to provide year-round interest. Mature, richly planted cottage garden, mixed borders, pond and wildlife habitats intermingle with an imaginatively planted gravel garden. Includes 30 allotments of different sizes tended by gardeners aged from 10 to 90.

Old Mill House, Goverton, nr Bleasby
Glorious views across Trent Valley with spring bulbs and colour in various tubs, baskets and borders. Working kitchen garden with historic glass house. Original ancient Bramley orchard. Naturalistic copses, hosta glade, rose walk, knot garden, green-themed pond area and feature yews an eclectic mix!

The Old Vicarage, Halam Village, nr Southwell
Large plant lovers garden designed on hillside for year-round beauty, peaceful rooms, borrowed views. Clematis and roses tumble freely, balanced with texture, colour and fragrance. Abundant wildlife and a childrens haven.

Papplewick Hall, Papplewick
Mature eight-acre garden, mostly shaded woodland, abounds with rhododendrons, hostas, ferns, and spring bulbs.

Park Farm, Southwell
Woodland garden, oak arches with roses, long flower borders, large wild flower meadow, pond and ha-ha complement the garden with spectacular views across fields to The Minster Cathedral.

Piecemeal, Sutton Bonington
Tiny walled garden with amazing collection of shrubs, perennials and climbers to thrive in around 500 containers.

Primrose Cottage, Beckingham
Old fashioned cottage garden. Many old roses, feature pergola, vegetable garden and a summerhouse.

Redland House, Cropwell Butler
A garden created for year-round interest, colour, texture, form and diverse species.

1 Roe Lane, Everton
Front garden with a mixture of spirals, box balls and box hedging with an Italian influence.

Roselea, Coddington
Mixed borders, shrubs, roses, clematis and geraniums. Many unusual plants. Pergolas covered with climbers. Home-made cakes and teas.

55 Russell Avenue, Wollaton
South-facing surburban garden with a definite cottage garden feel.

78 Sandy Lane, Hucknall
Plant lovers garden bursting with perennials, shrubs and grasses.

96 Sandy Lane, Hucknall
Medium sized, low maintenance, child-friendly garden with steps down to a lawned and planted area with summerhouse.

Squirrel Lodge, Retford
Skilfully crafted corner plot with the variety to delight and please as will the welcome and the teas.

Sunnyside Cottage, Everton
South-facing secluded cottage garden designed to incorporate areas of different planting schemes.

Thistle Farm, Beckingham
Rambling roses and old wisteria lead into French-style parterre with clipped box and herbs

Thoresby Hall Hotel and Spa, nr Ollerton
Set in 50-acres of Sir Humphry Repton designed gardens, featuring a Grade 1 listed Victorian rose garden with rare species.

Wellow Village Gardens
Varous gardens open in the village of Wellow, set around a large open green and a famous maypole.

West Farm House, Hoveringham
Fine herbaceous borders featuring hardy geraniums, hostas, penstemons, delphiniums and wide range of shrubs. Extensive greenhouse collection of cacti and succulents.

6 Weston Close, Woodthorpe
Garden created from bare clay plot, taking advantage of a substantial upward slope to create a full, varied yet relaxed display in three separate areas.

The White House, Keyworth
Plant-lovers garden featured in many magazines and appeared twice on television. Now features new extensive dry garden and sensory, secret garden.

Woodpeckers, Burton Joyce
Four acres of mature woodland and formal gardens with spectacular views over the Trent Valley, with more than 300 rhododendrons and azaleas. Includes balustraded terrace for teas or Pimms and glade with 200 year-old cedars overlooking ponds, waterfalls and croquet lawn.

Woodside Cottage, Newstead Village
Garden with a woodland backdrop features gravelled paths, dry stonewalls link a rock garden, water features and octagonal green house.

For opening times and more details go to www.ngs.org.uk

Information correct at time of going to press.

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