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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Summer Gardens to Visit, 

27th to 29th August, 2005 is a public holiday in the UK and tends to be the last fling of summer. The horticultural season is drawing to a close but there is still the time to enjoy summer garden displays and many gardens are open to the public.

This is the last opportunity of the year to visit many gardens in the north of Britain, such as The Garden Station, a unique place which is a converted country railway station, dating from 1867. A hidden garden that you would never dream to be there, sheltered and enclosed by the Langley woodland, the station and garden are open to visitors every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday from May 4th - September 2nd, 10am - 5pm.

Coming south, the season is slightly more extended and Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury in Wiltshire is another special place. These gardens cover 5 acres, part of which slope down to river gardens. They are open daily 21st March to 21st October 11.00am to 5.30pm. On Sunday 28th August as part of Malmesbury Carnival, the gardens creators Ian & Barbara Pollard will be conducting a Garden Tour.
Fuschias In Wales, the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire, South West Wales, will be hosting its first horticultural show on Saturday 20th August 2005 and over the Public Holiday weekend, 27th - 29th August 2005, they are organizing a family fun event.

At the famous Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, the famous 300-acre landscape has been transformed with a bold and colourful exhibition of large-scale, glass sculptures; Gardens of Glass is an exhibition of work by Dale Chihuly, which runs through to 15 January 2006.

The National Gardens Scheme will be holding a special charity music evening at the Royal Horticultural Society's Wisley Gardens on Tuesday 23 August 6 - 9pm and from the 23 - 25 August, RHS Wisley holds its Summer Flower Show 10am - 5.30pm. The shows close at 5pm on the third day, following the sale of display plants which starts at 4.30pm.

The Royal Horticultural Society is the organization responsible for the Chelsea Flower Show, they run many events through the year and have an important presence at the national Malvern Garden & Country Show. Billed as the perfect end to the gardening year, it is an annual event held at Malvern, Worcestershire, 24 - 25 September 2005 and boasts an enviable reputation as a plant lover’s paradise, with literally thousands of beautiful blooms on sale from the UK's finest nurseries.

There are numerous smaller gardens to visit in Britain at this time of year and The National Gardens Scheme has been opening fine gardens to the public to raise money for charity for over 75 years. Most gardens which open for the Scheme are privately owned and open just a few times each year but you can find what is open, where and when, by using the handy Garden Finder on their site.

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