Chance to visit “plantsman’s haven”

The garden at The Maltings in Clipston is open at Easter
The garden at The Maltings in Clipston is open at Easter

A beautiful garden is opening over Easter in aid of charity.

The Maltings, in Clipston, will be open on Saturday, April 19, from 2pm to 6pm; on Sunday, April 20, from 11am to 6pm and on Monday, April 21, from 11am to 6pm.

This is the ninth year that the garden has been open under the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). In that time approximately 6,800 people have visited the garden, raising nearly £20,000 for NGS, plus money for the village school andchurch through the sale of home-made cream teas and a cake stall.

The sloping three-quarter acre garden is a plantsman’s haven. Purchased by the present owners in December 1996 the garden was mostly a boggy lawn with some good specimen trees. The present owner has designed and planned all the changes to the garden, which includes many unusual plants, shrubs, old and new trees. There are more than 60 different clematis, a wild garden walk, spring bulbs, perennials, more than 30 different species roses, two ponds connected by a stream, and a bog garden with many varieties of salix and cornus.

There is a play area for the children with swings and a slide.

The NGS has given more than £40 million to nursing and caring charities. Last year they raised £2,128,000, of which £450,000 went to both Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Admision is £3, children free. Dogs are not allowed round the garden.

It is difficult for wheel chair users to get round the entire garden.

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