Open Gardens

Come and explore our hidden gardens

Come and explore our hidden gardens

During Barton Gardens Festival you will have the chance to visit 13 gardens in and around the village - most of which are only open for our event. All the gardens listed below will be open on Saturday 22nd of June and 12 will be open on Sunday 23rd of June.

The gardens are a mixture of large and small plots, loved and tended by their various owners. You can admire the wide range of familiar and unusual plants and trees, meet your enthusiastic garden hosts and maybe take home a few ideas for your garden. .

Gardens and the Bus Service

Holders of a Gardens Festival Wristband can use the free bus service which will pick up and drop off visitors close to almost every Open Garden. Wristbands, priced £5, will give entry to all the gardens and can be purchased at the free car park at John Taylor High School, Dunstall Lane, at St James’s Church and in the gardens. Locations of the bus stops will be indicated in the programme. There is no timetable but, traffic permitting, the bus will arrive every 30 minutes.


Here are the gardens you can visit


A very new, walled garden which will eventually be filled with trees, shrubs and cottage garden perennials. There is also a very tatty, small pond which is due to be completely refurbished later in the year.


A traditional mixed planted area with a cottage garden feel, small pond, lawn and deck. The blooms are mainly in a palette of pastel pinks to blues, and depending on the weather, should be quite scented.


Since moving here last August the owner has had an exciting time discovering this lovely garden and its contents. There is a plentiful variety of small bushes showing all shades of green, since interspersed with spring and summer plants. Enjoy the pots too.


Water is a feature of this garden with a large ornamental pond at the front and decorative koi pond at the rear in the enclosed, sunken garden which is on three levels. There are colourful potted plants and rising borders with a selection of shrubs and perennials.


It is now 6 years since hard landscaping was removed and replaced with lawn, shrubs and trees to complement the Noble Fir already in situ. A small pond and water feature have also been added to the garden which has easy access for wheelchairs.  


A family-friendly open garden, perfect for children, young and old. There are some mature trees and shrubs with a modern decking area. There will be fun and games, competitions, a treasure hunt and homemade lemonade and snacks for sale as the owners’ son and a friend are raising money for Thomas Russell Junior School.


beautiful cottage garden of around half an acre which is divided into three areas. There is a with a kitchen yard for vegetables, a main back garden with many shrubs, perennials, roses, albums, iris and rockery plants, two raised patios with planting and a large raised koi pond with waterfall. New additions this year are a wildflower bed and a host bed. There is access for disabled visitors vis Main Street .


This is a small, calming courtyard garden where you can sit and relax.


A secluded garden with lush planting of shrubs, perennials, hosts, ferns and climbers. A secret gravel pathway next to the brook is approached via several stone steps and leads to a small vegetable patch at one end and a soft fruit garden at the other. The new addition of a Fairy Grotto is situated beneath a group of trees and is home to fairies, a pixie and a dragon and several toadstools - children are welcome to enter… if they dare!


After being garden extended the garden continues to become more established with additions including a small wildlife pond. Topiary and maples, along with other shrubs, form the backdrop of this mostly walled garden, with perennials adding to the colour. We hope to have one of John’s classic cars on display.


The garden, which borders farmland features lots of bedding plants grown from seed each year. Also a great selection of tomatoes.


Truly a garden for wildlife with countless bees, butterflies and birds who are attracted by a wide variety of grasses and nectar-producing perennials that offer food and cover. The wildlife pond is a major attraction to damsel flies and dragonflies - and the occasional family of geese. Each year the garden is replenished with plants raised from seed or cuttings - and a selection of home grown flower and tomato plants is planned.


NGS yellow book listed garden with a collection of more than 120 Japanese maples, rare trees, shrub, herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses and much more.