Gardening Event, Sat 25 - Sun 26 Jun 2016, £7.50-£10
Around twenty gardens will be open, large and small, formal and informal. They range from cottage gardens to the grand sweep of Usk Castle’s borders - " like a secret castle that no one's ever found” exclaimed one young visitor.
Usk is a small picturesque town just over the Welsh border in Monmouthshire. It has won the Wales in Bloom competition for the last 30 years and so - as well as all the gardens - visitors can also enjoy the pots, tubs and hanging baskets filling the streets with flowers.
The town has a great choice of quaint pubs, excellent cafes and restaurants for lunch or tea, and voluntary groups in the town offer delicious home-made refreshments too, during the Open Gardens weekend. Or there are lovely riverside spots for a picnic. If visitors can tear themselves away from the gardens (most can't!), there are interesting shops, two garden centres, and the Victorian Sessions House and the Rural Life Museum to visit. And there's a Gardeners’ Market with plants and garden products for sale.
For many garden lovers Usk Open Gardens has become a regular annual date in their diaries. Visitors come from all over South Wales, and further afield - Bristol, the Midlands, and beyond. Last year an American garden designer visiting Hampton Court Flower Show paid us a visit; the year before, a group of Canadian garden enthusiasts included us in their Welsh tour.
Now in its 22nd year, this popular weekend has raised over £200,000 for the National Garden Scheme and for local charities.
Some visitors' comments:
We loved everything - gardens, houses, nice cup of tea in the church, loved it all.
I love the variety of gardens and friendly enthusiasm of the owners and organisers. Great day out!
So welcoming, and garden owners so helpful.
|Sat 25 - Sun 26 Jun 2016||10:00 to 17:00|
Vistors buy a 'Garden Passport' ticket for entry to all the gardens; one-day or weekend tickets are available.
Adults and senior citizens: £7.50 (one day) ; £10.00 (weekend
Children 14 and under : Free
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By train: First Great Western Trains to Newport, Monmouthshire or rural services to Cwmbran in Torfaen, followed by local bus or taxi services to Usk.
By bus: There are regular bus services to Usk from Chepstow, Cwmbran, Newport, Monmouth and Raglan. Travellers from outside the area should arrive at one of these destinations and pick up local services from there.
By road: From West Wales take the M4 motorway east to Junction 24, then the A449 signposted to Monmouth, exit at the signposts for Usk and follow the main road (A472) for approximately 1 mile into the town centre.
From London and the East take the M4 motorway west to Junction 24, then the A449 signposted to Monmouth, exit at the signposts for Usk and follow the main road (A472) for approximately 1 mile into the town centre.
: 13 miles from Newport station