You can go along and see how Jo’s garden grows

Jo Rouston in her garden
Jo Rouston in her garden

WHEN landscape gardener Jo Rouston moved to South Willingham four years ago she could not wait to transform her blank canvas garden into a picture-perfect paradise.

Jo has worked tirelessly to create a beautiful space filled with everything from unusual plants to a fantastic herb garden – and now she is giving you the chance to check it out.

Mother-of-three Jo has decided to open her garden to the public on the last weekend of every month from April to September.

Jo, 42, said: “I’m so proud of my garden, I think it’s wonderful and really want show it to other people. It would be such a shame to keep it just for myself and my family.

“When we moved into the house in 2007 the garden just had grass everywhere, but I saw how much potential it had.

“I worked so hard on it but I really enjoyed doing it.”

Last year Jo took part in the National Garden Scheme – a project which sees interesting gardens opened to the public to raise money for charity. In just one day an incredible 166 people turned out to see Jo’s garden.

She said: “Seeing how many people came last year and had a fantastic day inspired me to do this.”

Jo describes her garden as being “packed with interesting features and well-placed seating areas”. It has an original engine shed, a working well, a pond, summerhouse and water feature.

“I’ve got so many different types of plants and flowers. I’ve got quite a few roses, alpines and some unusual flowers,” said Jo.

Jo’s garden will be open to the public on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, from 11am to 3pm. Cakes and refreshments will be available.

It will also be open as part of the National Garden Scheme on Saturday, June 23, from 12pm to 5pm.

Jo’s address is 2 Mill Cottage, Barkwith Road, South Willingham, LN8 6NN. For more information e-mail jo@rouston-gardens.co.uk .