May open gardens

by | 5 May 2024 | Community Event, Gardening Club, Retford

Here are some local gardens open for the National Garden Scheme and remember your visit helps to raise money for their nursing and caring charities.

Sunday 12th May, 2,00pm to 5.30pm

New garden: The Poplars, Cotham Lane, Newark NG24 3RL

1.2 acres of newly redeveloped garden, which wraps around an early Georgian farmhouse (not open). A number of distinct areas, including a formal garden, featuring ornamental grasses and white planting; a large Mediterranean style gravel patio; productive garden; new orchard; wildflower areas and courtyard. Masses of spring bulbs. Partly wheelchair accessible. Dog friendly, plants for sale, refreshments and card payments.

Thursday 16th May, 10.30am to 3.00pm

Rhubarb Farm, Hardwick Street, Langwith NG20 9DR

This two-acre horticultural social enterprise provides training and volunteering opportunities to 60 members of the community. There are eight polytunnels, 100 hens, pigs, donkey and Shetland pony. Many features including a forest school barn, flower borders, farm shop, café and comfrey bed and comfrey fertiliser factory. A chance to meet and chat with volunteers and staff. Some wheelchair access. Plants and refreshments in aid of Rhubarb Farm. Parking, card payments.

Saturday 18th May, 1.00pm to 4.30pm

The Old Vicarage, Halam Hill, Halam NG22 8AX

This two-acre garden full of unusual plants and trees make for a welcoming gem to visit. Set on a hillside, the garden has matured over 27 years into a much-admired landscape garden with beautiful views. New garden planting / design at the bottom of the garden. The wildlife pond attracts diverse wildlife to complement planting. Some wheelchair access, dog friendly, plants for sale, parking. Refreshments and card payments.

Sunday 19th May, 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Norwell Nurseries, Woodhouse Road, Norwell NG23 6JX

Jewel box of over 3,000 different, beautiful and unusual plants sumptuously set out in a one-acre plantsman’s garden, including shady garden with orchids, woodland gems, cottage garden border alpine and scree areas. Pond with opulently planted margins. Extensive herbaceous borders and effervescent colour themed beds. Featured on Gardeners’ World programme. Home to National Collection of Hardy Chrysanthemums. Some wheelchair access, plants for sale, parking, refreshments.

Sunday 26th May, 11.00am to 4.00pm

The Palace Garden of Southwell Minster NG25 0HD

Set amongst magnificent ruins of the Archbishop’s Palace, the garden is packed with shrubs, flowering plants, mature trees, lawns and medieval herb garden. Separate short walk to Potwell Dyke, which is not to be missed, a spectacular array of wild flowers and many orchids. The Minster, churchyard and garden are accessible to wheelchairs. No wheelchair access to grasslands. Dog friendly, plants for sale, parking, refreshments and card payments. Refreshments in aid of Southwell Minster.

Would you like to open your garden for the National Garden Scheme? It is a great opportunity to meet fellow garden enthusiasts, make new friends and help raise money for nursing and caring charities. If so, please contact Andrew Young, Assistant County Organiser at