Open gardens

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Sibford Gower

In addition to the fantastic NGS show gardens, we have many beautiful hidden gems in the Sibfords.  This year the following five gardens will be open in the Gower. No entry fees, but donations towards the cost of refreshments would be welcome.

Please park in the Village Hall car park and meet at the Sibford Gower crossroads at 6.30pm to be guided in groups around the gardens.

The Rafters, Backside Lane

Courtesy of Joan Broady. The only bit of my garden that was planned is the gravel in the drive; the rest has just happened over 50 years. I like taking cuttings so I frequently have plants that I don’t know, it’s nothing special.

Yew Tree House, Main Street

Courtesy of Jean and Roger Mallows. An informal family garden with mature trees associated with the grade 2 house and 18th century dovecote. A quintessential country garden with deep herbaceous borders, colour and structure throughout the year.

Larkspur, Main Street

Courtesy of Ivan and Véronique Tyrrell. An organic wildlife garden with pond, fruit cages, kitchen garden and borders which have all been planted with pollinators in mind. Hedgehogs have enjoyed the garden since 2017 and the planting is designed to appeal to humans and wildlife alike.

Vine Cottage, Bonds End Lane

Courtesy of Brigette and Andrew Boyd. A delightful, compact, tucked-away garden in Bonds End Lane. Vine Cottage garden was originally a carter’s yard. In more modern times it was used as a parking area. In 2008 Brigette and Andrew designed and started work on developing their garden space. To be able to change the new garden and the banked-up area used for loading the carts, 21 skips of soil had to be removed from this area to make a new parking space. The area next to their house was then turned into a private garden. Trees and shrubs have been planted to give structure and add interest during the winter months. Some low box hedging has been added to give interest and give a line to borders. Lots of pots of azaleas & camellias bring bright and vibrant colour during the spring & summer months. A small set of steps lead to a summer house where one can sit and while away the hours. A real little gem. Well worth a visit! 

2 Barley Close

Courtesy of John and Petra Berry. A small to medium sized garden. We have tried to create several ‘rooms’, all stocked with a great variety of plants and flowers. I love the combination of the different coloured salvias and the red and orange heleniums. We also have various hydrangeas and euphorbias dotted in between the flowers and shrubs. We grow a lot in pots too as we run out of space! It is a very well stocked garden.


…will be served at Wyatts Close, Main Street courtesy of Gil and David Soden.