THE sun will set on Sheffield’s private garden openings for another year on Monday when enthusiasts get the chance to stroll among lush plants and flowers tended by a green-fingered couple.
Linda and Peter Stewart’s garden on Church Street, Oughtibridge, is filled with a wide variety of colourful blooms, as well as being a haven for wildlife.
The area covers one third of an acre and visitors can even marvel at a model garden railway belonging to the Stewarts’ next door neighbour, which will also be on show.
The garden is being opened to raise money for good causes under the National Gardens Scheme and is the last event of its kind happening in Sheffield this summer.
Linda and Peter moved in to Church Street in 1986 but didn’t start work on the garden for more than a decade.
“There was nothing much done in the garden at all when we moved in, ” said Linda, aged 65.
“In 1997 we started making the garden look nice, we just got inspired.”
The garden features buddleias, cedars, hazelnut trees and clematis plants, while the shrubbery leads down to a natural stream backed by native woodland.
In 2000 the Stewarts installed a pond which attracts different species of frogs, newts and dragonflies.
They opened the garden for the first time four years later.
“We’re a wildlife-friendly garden, we do like to encourage different creatures. We get badgers coming in, foxes and hedgehogs, lots of squirrels and moles, ” said Linda, a retired accountant.
She added her original ambition was to be included in the annual Yellow Book, a guide which lists all the National Gardens Scheme openings, but admitted it takes a considerable effort to keep maintained.
“We’re out in the garden two or three times a week. It’s very satisfying, though. It’s good for releasing stress but it gets harder work as you get older.”
Linda has two grown-up children with Peter, 62, a retired electrical cable distributor. The couple also have four grandchildren.
Opening hours are 11am to 4pm, admission £3, children free. Call 0114 286 3847.