Open gardens raise thousands

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GARDEN openings across the area this year have helped to raise thousands for charity.

The total collected from Lincolnshire’s participation in the National Gardens Scheme was £45,451.

Erica McGarrigle from Lincolnshire NGS said: “This is a fantastic result considering the summer weather wasn’t brilliant, our best ever.

“We owe a huge thank you to our garden owners.”

Donations are made to the following charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Cross Roads Care, the Queens Nursing Institute, the Royal Fund for Gardeners’ Children, Perennial and the National Trust.

The first NGS spring garden to open will be 21 Chapel Street, Hacconby, near Bourne, on Saturday February 25 and Sunday February 26, from 11am to 5pm.

This garden has a collection of unusual snowdrops, together with hellebores and numerous other spring plants and bulbs.

The owners, Cliff and Joan Curtis, are extremely knowledgeable gardeners and are very happy to answer any questions that a visitor might have.

Admission will be £2, children free and a lovely home-made tea will be available.

The next garden to open is on March 18 at Pinefields, Smithy Lane, Bigby, Barnetby, 1pm-5pm.

This lovely garden is owned by Reg and Madeleine Hill.

The early spring opening starts with hellebores including many Ashwood doubles and anemone centred varieties.

Admission will be £2.50, children free and home-made teas will be available.

Doddington Hall Gardens, Doddington, near Lincoln, open for up on Wednesday, March 21, 11am-4pm.

Admission is £5, children £2.75.

This garden features naturalised spring bulbs and scented shrubs from February to May.

Details of more garden openings for 2012 will be available in the new year.