Private gardens open for charity

OPEN GATE: Whitlenge Gardens, in Whitlenge Lane, Hartlebury, is one of the Wyre Forest gardens to be open to the public for charity next weekend.

OPEN GATE: Whitlenge Gardens, in Whitlenge Lane, Hartlebury, is one of the Wyre Forest gardens to be open to the public for charity next weekend.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

GREENFINGERED residents of Wyre Forest are being invited to take a look into other people’s gardens over the weekend.

As part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS), local greenery welcomes members of the public to raise money for charity.

Tim and Lesley Smith, the owners of Astley Towne House, in Astley, will be opening their garden gate between 1pm and 5pm, on Sunday. (August 31) They describe their garden as a nearly three-acre, jungle-like, "subtropical paradise", which surrounds their grade II listed home.

It features a stumpery, a woodland temple, a spacious tree-top, high safari lodge, a revolving summerhouse and an underground grotto based on Greek mythology with water features and shell mosaics.

During the open day, which costs £4 for adults and free for children, teas will be served and plants will be on sale.

Another garden which will be open throughout the weekend is in Whitlenge Lane, Hartlebury.

Whitlenge Gardens, Tea Room and Plant Nursery has its three-acre show garden for display on Saturday (August 30) between 9am and 4pm and Sunday (August 31) between 10am and 4pm.

The garden features more than 800 varieties of trees and shrubs as well as structures created by owners Keith and Franchesca Southall, who are professional garden designers.

There is a twisted pillar pergola, camomile lawn, waterfalls and pools, together with features such as the Green Man and the Sword in the Stone.

Entry to the show garden, tea room and nursery costs £3.50 for adults and £1 for children.

All the money which is taken from the open gardens will be divided between NGS's supported charities.

Since its foundation, the NGS has donated more than £42.5 million to causes including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Carers Trust, the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Perennial and Parkinson’s UK.

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