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Spring has arrived and with it the first open gardens in Leicestershire and Rutland - so what<br/>have our best gardeners in store for us?

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There are more than 50 gardens in the two counties opening their gates to the public this year throughout May to 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.


Leicestershire and Rutland open gardens

Barleythorpe Gardens group
Three beautiful gardens in this Rutland village: features cottage-style garden with interesting and unusual shrubs and spring bulbs, mixed flowers within walled garden and Flowering shrubs, large weeping trees, small lake and woodland walk.
The Lodge
Dairy Cottage 8 Manor Lane

Market Bosworth Gardens
Market Bosworth are regular winners of gold medals in the East Midlands in Bloom competition. The Open Gardens event forms part of the annual
Bosworth Festival with its Art Exhibition and Musical Extravaganza.

The gardens that are open, including additional gardens that may be open on the day, are varied in size and range from the formal to the very informal. Something to meet everyones taste
138 Station Road
13 Spinney Hill
5 Priory Road
4 Lancaster Avenue
93 Station Road
Rainbow Cottage
Glebe Farm House
Home Farm Cottage
Michaelmas House

Gilmorton Gardens group
Group contains a range of gardening styles: Georgian farmhouse with walled gardens. Formal beds with cottage style planting. Old English roses, collection of hardy geraniums. Small kitchen garden and areas for wildlife. Garden around barn conversion with lawns, climbers and roses, unusual shrubs, flower borders, vegetables and raised beds for woodland plants.
Bents Farmhouse
Moatfield
Gilmorton Gardens
Ulverscroft Close

Market Overton
The Old Hall Garden is set on a southerly ridge overlooking Catmose
Vale. Garden now on four levels with stonewalls and yew hedges dividing the garden up into enclosed areas with herbaceous borders, shrubs, and young and mature trees.
Hill House
The Old Hall

Walton Gardens group
Small village set in beautiful south Leicestershire countryside. Walton Gardens are in such contrasting sizes and styles, making the perfect garden visit. There is a plantsmans garden filled with rare plants; a large garden with natural pond and stream, many interesting trees and a play area for children; a Modernist garden where all the leaves are green featuring the extensive use of grasses and a lovely view across the surrounding landscape; a traditional and very pretty country garden with an excellent vegetable plot; last but not least, a really delightful enclosed cottage garden Orchards
Sandyland
The Old Hall
Toad Hall
The Meadows

Uppingham Gardens group
Four varied gardens in and around this old market town. Includes irregular shaped garden packed with herbaceous plants, climbers, flowering shrubs and trees. A steep slop and steps with a spring and small stream and S-sloping garden with variety of roses, herbaceous plants, spring bulbs and many young trees. A small orchard, vegetable garden, beds with interesting variety of shrubs, bulbs, herbaceous perennials and trees.
The Orchard
Gower Lodge
Westlands
Meadowsweet Lodge

Manton Gardens group
Three varied gardens in small village on shore of Rutland Water includes a very small garden with extremely clever planting and beautiful secret areas. A little gem!
Hall Cottage
Fryers Cottage
Manton Grange

Burbage Gardens group
Includes a small garden designed to look much larger, flower garden with pool and waterfall, summerhouse, lawns and mixed borders and foliage plants.
6 Denis Road
13 Hall Road
7 Hall Road

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