DID YOU miss a National Garden Scheme open day or would you like to visit a garden again?

There are lots of Powys gardens which are open by arrangement in September.

These provide an opportunity to get together with a group of friends and enjoy personalised visit to a wonderful, private garden.

Many of the gardens are in spectacular settings with seating arranged to allow the visitor to enjoy magnificent views across the Powys countryside as summer turns to autumn.

So, whether you are a group of gardeners, photographers or have a special occasion you want to share with friends why not book a visit to one of our gardens at a time to suite you!

Or, if you are not part of an organised group but still wish to visit one of our ‘By Arrangement gardens’, get in touch with the garden owner; they might be able to add you to a group already visiting.

Remember that by visiting National Garden Scheme gardens you are helping to raise funds for caring charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK. This year the National Garden Scheme is donating £3.1 million to these and other charities. This money was raised by people like you enjoying themselves visiting gardens and eating cake!

Gardens open by arrangement during September (please contact owner to arrange a visit):

n 1 Church Bank, Welshpool, SY21 7DR, call 01938 559112: A jewel in the town. Sounds of water fill the air and interesting plants fill the intimate space. You can explore the ground floor of this C17 barrel maker's cottage and a museum of tools from different trades.

Ceunant, Old Hall, Llanidloes, SY18 6PW, call 01686 412345: Four acre riverside garden started in 2013; beautiful setting on River Severn just 7m from the source. Pizza from a clay oven is available for group bookings.

Plas Dinam, Llandinam, SY17 5DQ, call 07415 503554: 12 acres of parkland, set at the foot of glorious rolling hills, spectacular views across Severn Valley. Glorious autumn colours.

Pont Faen House, Knighton, LD7 1LA, call 01547 520847: A colourful ½ acre garden, full of flowers surrounding the house on edge of town. Views of the hills from any seats in this flat garden.

Hebron, Ludlow Road, Knighton, LD7 1HP, call 01547 529576: ½ acre Victorian town garden divided into distinct rooms by yew & beech hedges. Plenty of seating. Beehives and garden art add an interest.

The Neuadd, Llanbedr, Crickhowell, NP8 1SP, call 01873 812164: In the dramatic setting of the Brecon Beacons National Park with spectacular views of the Black Mountains from terraces and look-out points.

Bryn y Llidiart, Cefn Coch, Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, SY10 0BP, call. 01691 780080: Up the airy mountain at 1,100ft! Lush planting around the house melts into the spectacular landscape of the Berwyns; a garden for the wildlife to enjoy.

1 Ystrad House, Church Road, Knighton, LD7 1EB, call 01547 528154: An unsuspected town garden developed with an emphasis on tranquillity and timelessness. The formal areas merge with wooded glades leading to a riverside walk alongside the River Teme.

Llysdinam, Newbridge-on-Wye, LD1 6NB, call 01597 860190: Among the loveliest in mid Wales; 6 acres of garden with sweeping views down the Wye Valley. Woodland with specimen trees, large herbaceous and shrub borders and a water garden.

Fraithwen, Tregynon, SY16 3EW, call 01686 650307: 1½ acre plantswoman’s garden with rare plants for year-round interest; carpets of cyclamen in September.

Caer Beris Manor Hotel, Builth Wells, LD2 3NP, call 01982 552601: 27 acres of mature parklands, with the River Irfon bordering the property. Tree Trails to help you explore the grounds; children can fill in the pamphlet: 'Can you identify birds in the grounds' and play Pooh Sticks from a suspension bridge across the river!

Editors Notes:

• Since its foundation in 1927, The National Garden Scheme has donated over £50 million to its beneficiaries

• Charities supported by the National Garden Scheme include the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and MS Society. Further donations are also made.

• Registered Charity 1112664

• www.ngs.org.uk