NGS Open Gardens
Found it! Such a gem of a village tucked away unexpectedly not far from a busy main road (in Buckinghamshire) and all decked out ready for an NGS weekend. The River Misbourne, a rare, natural, chalk stream, runs the entire length of the village, meandering through extensive gardens.
The National Garden Scheme (NGS) opens privately owned gardens for charity – “… gardens of quality, character and interest…’! The scheme has raised over £60 million since it began in 1927, and now opens over 3,700 gardens a year.
Our favourite by far was Mill House, a gorgeous 17th century timber-framed Grade ll listed building. The mill stream with its lush planted edges meanders through the expansive grounds and flows right underneath the building. We were greeted by the owner who regaled us with historical tales and explanations as to the different parts of the house – and then – we were sent upstairs to ‘experience’ the galleried centre of the building with its medieval timber balustrades. Disaster nearly struck – we thought we had unseated an ancient finial only to discover that they had previously been removed to allow a camera crew to instate equipment for the filming of an episode of Midsomer Murders!