Gardens hoping to reap charity harvest

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TWO beautiful gardens will be open this month for a local charity.

The first to open in aid of St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice is the hill top garden of Helen and Mike Boothman at Grasby, which will be open this Sunday, May 15, from 11am to 5pm.

Set in more than three-acres, the garden at Mill Farm has been developed from scratch by the Boothmans over the past eight years.

And not only is there the magnificent garden to see, there are also stunning panoramic views.

Mill farm is included in the yellow book for the National Garden Scheme and is described as a plantsman garden, with a wealth of shrubs and perennials.

New this year is a water feature and it is hoped the new peony and rose areas will be in bloom. Other features include a developing fernery in the disused mill.

Helen admits she is a plantaholic and gets great pleasure from her garden.

“We are quite exposed here, but that just seems to strengthen the plants.

“I find gardening very therapeutic and am keen to support local charities, so what better way to raise money and share my garden with others.”

The following weekend, on Sunday, May 22, Penny Lyle’s garden in Claxby will be open from 2pm to 5pm, with a host of stalls and games to raise even more money for the children’s charity.

This mature country garden nestles at the foot of the Wolds and is awash with colour.

Pergolas support clematis and roses, a new pond layout with alpine planting, a woodland walkway and a newly created bog garden with above-ground walkways are some of the delights to be found at Corner House.

“I’m hoping the blue penstemon border will be out, but with this dry weather you just don’t know,” said Penny, who’s garden has been entered in the yellow book for the first time this year.

Mill Farm can be found on the A1084 Brigg to Caistor road, not far from the Crosskeys Inn. Entry is £3, children free.

Corner House is in Pelham Road, Claxby, almost opposite the Viking Centre. Entry is £2.