Over 3700 gardens are open for charity this year under the auspices the National Garden Scheme, including about 150 in North Yorkshire, so you might think it wouldn’t be too hard to find one to visit some sunny weekend (they do happen!). But North Yorkshire is a big area, and some of those 150 are as far away as Sheffield and Doncaster. Two of our local favourites will be open in the near future, however, both well worth a visit.
Rewela Cottage in Skewsby is open next Sunday, July 30: ¾-acre ornamental garden, designed by owner, featuring unusual trees, shrubs, and architectural plants. Pond, pergola, natural stone sunken garden, breeze house, plant nursery and outdoor kitchen. Specialist grower of heuchera, hosta and penstemon. Many varieties also for sale.
And on Sunday August 6, Barnville in the village of Wilton just beyond Pickering is open. Over an acre of hidden gardens on the edge of the North York Moors. Unusual plants make a garden for all seasons: Summer’s cool green foliage highlights allium, agapanthus and foxtail lilies.
Full details of opening times, access, teas and so on can be found on the NGS website, together with loads of information on other gardens to visit if you are venturing further afield.
In 2016, the Scheme raised £2.7 million and donated half a million pounds to each of Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, and Hospice UK, together with numerous smaller donations.