National Garden Scheme
May is one of the main months for gardens to be open in the National Garden Scheme and there is a plethora of gardens opening within relatively easy reach of Wolverhampton. Full details can be found on the NGS website:
Nurseries and Plant fairs
Searching for plants? Worfield Plants is a wholesale nursery providing a wide range of plants to retail outlets but they also now offer an online service to local consumers (minimum order £40). Their website is:
The Royal Horticultural Society website provides loads of information on RHS gardens, events, education and also has a very extensive plant finder section for help in selecting suitable plants for different locations in your garden.
BBC Gardeners World has a detailed website providing advice on tasks to do each month, plants for different places, reviews on gardening products, etc. Users can subscribe to the site to access further information only available to subscribers (free).
Each year the Shropshire Historic Churches trust have an open garden scheme to raise money for local churches. Many of these gardens are only open under this scheme and many are within easy travelling distance of Wolverhampton. The full list can be found on the Trusts website.
Gardeners seeking plants recommended by the RHS website will find an excellent selection at Plant Hunters Fairs. This organisation provide advice to gardeners and the ability to purchase special plants for your garden. The website provides details of their newsletter and calendar of fairs; http://www.shropshirehct.org.uk/OtherActivities/OpenGardens.aspx
2023 Plant Hunters’ Fairs
Specialist Plant Fairs at Beautiful Gardens and Countryside Locations; full details and dates of fairs on their website at:
Details may change due to prevailing circumstances. Keep up to date with their newsletter at at http://www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk/newsletters/index.htm , or follow them on Twitter @plantfairs or Facebook Planthuntersfairs
Some Gardens Open This Spring)
RHS Partner Gardens (many require pre-booking):
Arley Arboretum, DY12 1SQ. Re-opens 12 March. Fri to Sun, 11.00 to 16.00.
Stone House Cottage Garden & Nursery, DY10 4BG. Re-opens 31 March. Wed to Sat, 10.00 to 17.00.
Winterbourne, B15 2RT. Garden open now, house & tearoom closed. Daily, 10.30 to 16.00.
Batsford Arboretum, GL56 9AT. Daily 9.30 to 16.30.
Dorothy Clive Garden, TF9 4EU. Re-opens 12 March. Daily 10.00 to 16.00. Reduced fee £5 until 1 April.
The Trentham Estate, ST4 8JG. Open. Daily 9.00 to 18.00.
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, SY14 8AH, Re-opens 1 April. Wed, Thurs, Sun, 10.00 to 17.00.
Martineau Gardens, B5 7UG. Re-opens 29 March. Mon to Fri, 10.00 to 16.00. Free entry.
National Trust Parkland & Gardens generally open in line with normal property times. E.g. Coughton Court B49 5JA, Dudmaston WV15 6QN, Hanbury Hall WR9 7EA. Pre-booking advised.