SECRET GARDENS TO VISIT IN THE UK
Thanks to the Open Garden Squares weekend (17–18 June; opensquares.org) and The National Open Garden Scheme (ngs.org.uk) we can explore green spaces usually closed to the public. Here’s our pick of the ones not to be missed
SERGE HILL GARDENS, HERTFORDSHIRE
OPEN 18 JUNE A coup for gardening connoisseurs awaits: the opportunity to visit the garden of one of the industry’s heroes, Tom Stuart- Smith (whose projects include the gardens of the Royal Academy Keeper’s House, Windsor Castle and The Connaught hotel), as well as that of his parents. The Barn is a signature Stuart- Smith work in progress – expect modern ground tanks of water, naturalistic planting and wild flower meadows. A field away, his parents’ Regency House, Serge Hill, is a traditionally landscaped haven ( left) complete with haha, climbing roses, and half an acre of vegetable plots, with greenhouses that are bursting at the seams with produce (ngs.org.uk).