Money grows on trees

BE THEIR GUEST: Visit an open gar­den for char­ity, says David Ov­erend.

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T’S open sea­son, when pri­vate gar­dens through­out the coun­try raise mil­lions of pounds (via through the Na­tional Gar­dens Scheme) for a host of char­i­ties such as Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port. Dur­ing 2014, York­shire’s open gar­dens raised more than £125,000 of the £2.5m-plus gen­er­ated coun­try­wide.

The sea­son starts with a trickle as one or two gar­dens brave the butt end of win­ter. Snow­drops and early spring bulbs are the main­stays at this time of year, but as Na­ture be­gins to get into her stride, week­ends be­come packed with the chance to visit gar­dens great and small.

Na­tion­wide, al­most 4,000 gar­dens plan to open this year; in York­shire, there are more than 110 gar­dens open, and all are listed in a book­let, York­shire Gar­dens 2015, which gives all the de­tails.

Many gar­dens will open on a day es­pe­cially for the Na­tional Gar­dens Scheme; oth­ers can be vis­ited only by prior ar­range­ment.

Old favourites such as the de­light­ful Acorn Cottage, at Bos­ton Spa, Jack­son’s Wold (near Mal­ton), Dove Cottage Nurs­ery Gar­den (Hal­i­fax) and Still­ingfleet Lodge (near York) all show how to ar­range plant­ing through­out the year. And some even of­fer a wide range of plants for sale.

As usual, there are sev­eral gar­dens open­ing for the first time un­der the aus­pices of the NGS, in­clud­ing The Manor House, in Main Street, Hes­ling­ton, York, the home of renowned flower-ar­ranger, Ge­orge Smith. This three-acre gar­den re­flects his pain­terly style of plant­ing. Sub­di­vided by mel­low walls it abounds with many colour-themed fea­tures, in­clud­ing herba­ceous peren­ni­als, es­pe­cially hostas and ferns.

On a smaller scale is Whyn­crest, on Bridling­ton Road, Hun­manby, Fi­ley, where Lieke Swann has cre­ated an el­e­vated gar­den with views across Fi­ley Bay.

The gar­den has been care­fully de­signed, cre­at­ing cli­mate “rooms” tak­ing vis­i­tors from jun­gle gar­den to a pond gar­den with trop­i­cal plant­ing and a huge wa­ter­fall, herba­ceous bor­ders and top­i­ary shrubs.

The col­lec­tion of plants gives year-round in­ter­est from bulbs in spring all the way through to late au­tumn. For more de­tails, visit www.ngs.org.uk

STUNNING: Open gar­dens of­fer a world of colour and in­ter­est to vis­i­tors.

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