Cariad is one of the largest gardens that opens for the event, it is located above the village with amazing views down to Shere and across to the North Downs.  This beautifully landscaped garden has lots of visual interest with vibrant, thoughtful planting and beautiful structures and statues (including four by Angie Doy of Surrey Sculpture Society) to create focal points.  

Saku Ko by Angie Doy in foreground, next to Exochorda x macrantha ‘The Bride’

Feathery pink astilbes stand out in this shady border at Cariad
Feathery pink astilbes stand out in this shady border at Cariad
Contrasting foliage creates a backdrop at Cariad
Campanula ‘Prichard’s Variety’ offers a beautiful display at Cariad
Beautiful views from Cariad down to St James’s Church Shere
Avenue of standard roses ‘Bonica’ at Cariad
A vibrant border of phlox, ox-eye daisies and alstroemeria at Cariad
A mixed border at Cariad
A contrast of shape and form, Abyssinian Red Banana and Acer ‘Shaina’ create drama at Cariad

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Dial Cottage

A traditional cottage garden at the front with potager bed mixing flowers, vegetables and herbs.  While the rear garden includes a David Austin rose bed, a lovely variegated maple and a lawn that is the envy of all our other garden owners!
A sea of lavender at Dial Cottage
Pretty display of hydrangeas at Dial Cottage
Probably the best lawn in Shere!
Variegated Maple at Dial Cottage
Vibrant delphiniums at Dial Cottage

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Wellers Court

Small is beautiful is an apt description of this charming terrace on the banks of the stream with pretty planting and lots of containers in pinks and blues. At the front is a beautiful stylish border with gorgeous roses, alliums and lavender.
Basket of bacopa compliments the cosmos at Wellers Court
Colour and form jostling in the wonderful cottage border including alliums, roses, lupins and lavender


Pretty pots in pinks and purples at Wellers Court


When your garden is on the edge of a stream it is not uncommon for a duckling to come and visit

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The Lodge

This elegant three acre garden is one of the larger gardens that open for our scheme.  It includes striking sculptures, beautiful roses, lavender and hydrangeas and an attractive kitchen garden.  There is also a sheltered sunken courtyard with a wonderful dry stone wall, contemporary water feature.
American Pillar rose at the side of the kitchen garden at The Lodge


Beautiful Bonica rose in full bloom at The Lodge


Beautiful Bonica rose in full bloom at The Lodge


Hardy geraniums and agapanthus at The Lodge


Statue among grasses and foliage at The Lodge


Verbena Bonarensis softens the border at The Lodge

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Vine Cottage

The shepherds hut at Vine Cottage is always a point of interest and this is complimented by colourful cottage planting with a bold border of Nepeta Six Hills Giant dividing the lower from the upper lawn.
Eyrismum and sisyrinchium at Vine Cottage

Glorious hollyhocks at Vine Cottage

Hardy geraniums in pink and purple around an iron bird bath at Vine Cottage

Pretty planter of argyanthemum and violets at Vine Cottage

Salvia Caradonna and astrantia major shaggy make a lovely combination at Vine Cottage

Compassion rose climbs Vine Cottage

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Pilgrims Way

Opened in 2019 for the very first time, this secret garden includes a lovely knot garden, structural shrubs and some newly planted borders.  Colourful urns, decorative vegetables and a rose arch guide you through to a shady, wooded area at the end.
Box knot garden with heuchera infill and stone sundial at Pilgrims Way


Glazed pot on a stand with vibrant geraniums and calibrachoa at Pilgrims Way

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Manor Cottage

Opened for the first time in two decades last year, Manor Cottage has had an award-winning renovation and the garden has been newly landscaped and planted.  It offers an abundance of English cottage flowers: roses, salvias, geraniums, lavender, peonies and clematis, together with a raised-bed vegetable plot and espaliered fruit trees.
Mortimer Sackler roses adorn an arch while lavender lines the path at Manor Cottage


Purple verbena, orange geums and scarlet petunias displayed in an ornamental boat at Manor Cottage

Veronicastrum and roses at Manor Cottage

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Stream Cottage

Stream Cottage is one of the village centre gardens on the bank of the Tillingbourne.  It is a small contemporary, stone and gravel garden with planting in calming blues and pinks around a beautiful acer. The rose arch leads to the stream-side deck.
A calming medley of veronica, lavender and eryngium at Stream Cottage
A perfect place to sit in the tranquil garden at Stream Cottage
Elegant deep red acer at the centre of Stream Cottage garden
Ferns and calibrachoa add colour to the weathered decking leading to the Tillingbourne stream at Stream Cottage

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The Old Bakehouse

This elegant mini garden offers all the harmonising elements of a grand English garden presented in a small courtyard featuring structural trees and neat box hedge parterre.  Accents are created with urns, baskets and bird tables.
The display of hostas is impressive and includes Sum and Substance, Olive Bailey Langdon, Francis Williams and the lovely lace cap hydrangea is Bluebird.
Acer complimnets the ornamental bird table at The Old Bakehouse
Box ball and verbena at The Old Bakehouse
Purple petunias in a basket give a splash of colour at The Old Bakehouse
Sculptural box and clematis creating a dense lush garden at The Old Bakehouse
The red bird table offers a stunning focal point among the verdant planting including fabulous slug-free at The Old Bakehouse

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3 Church Cottages

Across from the church, 3 Church Cottages is a lovely family garden that starts with a stone patio and then climbs upwards on curved steps to two upper lawns with pretty colourful borders, ending in a well tended vegetable garden.  Last year, a new terrace and gazebo were built by the owner, perfectly positioned to catch the last rays of sun.
New wooden gazebo and york stone terrace built by the owner at 3 Church Cottages
Penstemon, salvåçia and campanula in shades of pink and purple make a beautiful cottage garden display at 3 Church Cottages.
Petunias in black and fusia pink in a glazed pot make a display at 3 Church Cottages
Stone steps curve up to the lawn from the patio at 3 Church Cottages
The neat vegetable plot with a view at 3 Church Cottages

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