Gardens: Sneak a garden peek....

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Three Sheffield gardens will open to the public this Sunday, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Hardy Plant Society.

The Hardy Plant Society Jubilee will allow garden-curious visitors to browse three private spaces, with refreshments available, and all proceeds raised going to Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and the National Gardens Scheme.

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The first garden is at 90 Bents Road, in Bents Green, belonging to Viv and Hilary Hutson.

The north east-facing garden is described as featuring: ‘a large patio with alpine troughs for all year interest and pots of colourful tropical plants which peak in August.’ Mature trees give a woodland feel at the end of the garden, the lawn is surrounded by mixed borders. Raised beds provide drainage for not-quite-hardy perennials. Many crocosmias, grasses and unusual species feature and the front garden and patio are flat and accessible. The remainder of the back gardenis accessed via six steps (with handrail, so unsuitable for wheelchairs.’

It is recommended that visitors park on the road. Email h.hutson@paradiseregained.net for details, or call 0114 2258570.

The second garden is at 16 Hallam Grange Croft and belongs to Tricia and Alistair Fraser. The south eastern-facing garden is described as: ‘a sloping garden on heavy clay with established perennial and shrub planting, including many unusual hardy geraniums, erodiums, phlox and crocosmia. There are shady areas, a pond, a summerhouse and greenhouse. raised beds, rockery and decking area feature alpines and sun-loving perennials. Most of the garden is accessible but there are three steps at the entrance.

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Email tricia.fraser@talktalk.net for details, or call 0114 2306508.

The third and final garden is 115 Millhouses Lane and belongs to Sue and Phil Stockdale.

The south-facing garden is described as a cottage style garden containing many choice and unusual perennials and bulbs, providing year round colour and interest. There is also a large collection of hostas (40+), roses, peonies and clematis, together with unusual tender perennials – aeoniums, echeverias and bananas (musa and ensente). Range of seating areas throughout the garden. Large selection of plants propagated by the owners for sale. Majority of the garden is wheelchair friendly.’

Email phil.stockdale@gmail.com or call 0114 2365571. Entry to all three gardens is £7.50.

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