National Garden Scheme comes to Wiltshire

Gardens at manor houses, cottages, coach houses and old mills all open for visitors.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,600 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

And it’s coming to some special gardens in Wiltshire this July as part of the pop-up gardens scheme, pre booking essential at

Wednesday 21st July 12.00 – 17.00

Manor House, Stratford Tony

Stratford Tony, Salisbury, SP5 4AT. Mr & Mrs Hugh Cookson, 01722 718496,,

4 miles SW of Salisbury. Take minor Rd W off A354 at Coombe Bissett. Garden on S after 1m. Or take minor Rd off A3094 from Wilton signed Stratford Tony and racecourse. Visits by arrangement May to Sept for groups of 5 to 30. Admission £6, children free. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic.

Varied 4-acre garden with all year interest. Formal and informal areas. Herbaceous borders, vegetable garden, parterre garden, orchard, shrubberies, roses, specimen trees, lakeside planting, winter colour and structure, many original contemporary features and places to sit and enjoy the downland views. Some gravel.

Sunday 25th July

The Coach House

Bridge Street, Manton, Marlborough, SN8 4HR. Anna Marsden.
Travelling W out of Marlborough on A4 turn left after 1m to Manton village. Garden is 50 metres from A4 by telegraph pole on right. For parking continue into village and follow signs. Sunday 25 July (2-5). Combined admission with Peacock Cottage £7, children free. Home-made teas.

½- acre country garden surrounding 18th century barn, comprising herbaceous border, mixed colour themed beds, pond garden and small veg/soft fruit patch. Informal lawns and mature trees provide a relaxed setting for garden art and wildflowers. 18th century well used to water garden. ¾ of garden has disabled access on grass, gravel and cobble paths. Dogs on leads welcome. Plants for sale at Peacock Cottage.


Peacock Cottage  

Preshute Lane, Manton, Marlborough, SN8 4HQ. Ian & Clare Maurice. 1m to W of Marlborough along A4, turn left at Manton Village sign. Pass signs to partner garden and follow Car Park signs. If arriving through Manton village turn right by pub. Sun 25 July (2-5). Combined admission with The Coach House £7, children free.

Set in rural surroundings, this expertly tended, undulating garden, sweeps up from the rear of the house and comprises herbaceous and mixed borders, parterre and exotic bed. Created in 1966 when 2 cottages and their gardens combined, and has been developed considerably over last 15 years. Disabled parking places identified in car park. Wheelchair access to garden is via lawns and grass paths.

The Old Mill  

Ramsbury, SN8 2PN. Annabel & James Dallas. 8m NE of Marlborough. From Marlborough head to Ramsbury. At The Bell pub follow sign to Hungerford. Garden behind yew hedge on right 100yds beyond The Bell. Sun 25 July, Sun 22 Aug (1.30-5). Admission £6, children free. Tea.

The River Kennet runs through this garden with a millrace, a millstream and small channels to walk across and watch the reflections in. The planting is relaxed and colourful near the house and gets more naturalistic further out into the meadows beyond. Gravel and grass paths wind through controlled wilder areas with seating for visitors. There is a more formal and productive kitchen garden. Partial wheelchair access as gravel paths and bridges and very soft ground in places.