July invites visitors to explore the best local ‘Open Gardens’ and snap away! An unprecedented 20 Nottinghamshire gardens, members of the charitable fundraising National Garden Scheme (NGS), will open their gardens and welcome visitors throughout July.

July’s garden openings coincide with a photographic competition to capture plantings of deep colour, scent and texture. Camera-loving blooms include roses, clematis, salvias, geraniums and philadelphus.

Delicious homemade teas or light refreshments are offered at the majority of events, from indulgent cream teas to sandwiches, soups and cake and garden owners may also arrange plant sales, craft stalls or live music. Children enjoy free entry unless stated on the NGS website, which should also be checked with regard to wheelchair accessibility and admission for dogs.

Details of all National Garden Scheme gardens opening in July and throughout the year can be found on the free ‘GardenFinder’ app, or on www.ngs.org.uk.

The National Holocaust Centre
Laxton, Newark NG22 0PA
Sunday 2nd July and Sunday 16th July, from 10.00am to 4.30pm
In an acre of landscaped countryside, The Memorial Garden has 1,000+ scented white roses, many planted and dedicated with an inscribed plaque by Holocaust survivors and their families.

The Manor
East Markham, Newark NG22 0SA
Sunday 2nd July, from 1.00pm to 5.00pm
A colour themed, scented garden on various levels, planted for year-round interest, with a sunken garden and koi carp pond.
Combined admission with Norwood Cottage £5.00

Norwood Cottage
East Markham, Newark NG22 0SA
Sunday 2nd July, from 1.00pm to 5.00pm
Opposite the 15th century church, the garden is testament to four years hard toil, with glorious roses, perennials, box hedging, acers and foliage.
Combined admission with Oak Barn £5.00

Oak Barn
East Markham, Newark NG22 0SA
Sunday 2nd July, from 1.00pm to 5.00pm
From an empty plot in 2009 this rural garden has evolved into a densely planted, jungle style oasis with exotic and subtropical plants.
Combined admission with The Manor £5.00

Primrose Cottage
Beckingham, Doncaster, DN10 4NN
Sunday 9th July from 1.00pm to 5.00pm
Old fashioned cottage garden with walled herbaceous border, well stocked shrubbery, old roses, kitchen garden, summerhouse, secret fernery and plant stalls on village green.

Wellow Village Gardens
Wellow, Newark NG22 0EB
Sunday 9th July, from 10.00am to 5.00pm
Mayfield’s eclectic garden is family and wildlife friendly. Park House has a rear lawned area surrounded by mixed borders containing roses, perennials and shrubs. 4 Potter Lane has a section of the Wellow Dyke at the top and vegetable, shade and colourful pleasure gardens. Tithe Barn’s yew hedge approach leads to wide sweeps of lawn and generous terrace. Plus Newark’s U3A Ukulele band.
Combined admission £5.00

Clumber Park Walled Kitchen Garden
Worksop S80 3AZ
Saturday 15th July, from 10.00am to 5.00pm
Four-acre walled garden, growing old varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, 400ft double herbaceous borders, glasshouse with grapevines. Plus museum of gardening tools, soft fruit garden and rose garden.
Adult £5.50, Child £2.80

Lodge Mount
South Leverton, Retford DN22 0BT
Sunday 16th July, from 12.00pm to 6.00pm
From field to half acre organic orchard with garden plots and perennial edibles, specially designed to open for the NGS to raise money for cancer charities and landscaped within a few months in 2012. Clematis, roses, and climbers provide fragrance and sense of peace.

The Elms
North Leverton DN22 0AR
Sunday 23rd July, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm
A garden ‘living space’ inspired by the Mediterranean with palms, bamboos, bananas and dramatic exotics which create peace and calm. North Leverton Windmill may also be open.