Private gardens opening for charity

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Three private gardens near Kettering are to open to the public later this month as part of a charity initiative.

Part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS) in Northamptonshire, the gardens in the village of Islip will be open for viewing on Sunday, June 23 between midday and 5pm.

The gardens are open at The Headmasters House, 5 School Lane (owned by Bob and Julie Lymn), Badgers, 8 Lowick Road (Dawn and Richard Scrutton) and Chapter House, 25 Lowick Road (Penny Pedroli and David Sobey).

The three gardens feature a broad, bordered drive leading to a rear garden with a colourful mix of shrubs and a split-level garden with apple and pear trees. There is a plantsman’s small garden to the rear of a late Georgian cottage with a collection of clematis, hellebore, hardy geraniums and Japenese acers and a variety of sculptural plants in raised beds, including pots and borders. Charming collection of 17th and 18th-century stone cottages under thatched, pantiles and slate roofs.

Combined admission to all three gardens is £4, with children admitted free. There will be plants for sale and refreshments will be served in Islip Village Hall.

Money raised through NGS open days go to a variety of nursing, caring and gardening charities.