NGS Festival Weekend

Last month we took advantage of the National Garden Scheme Festival Weekend.

This came in the form of a visit to two gardens close to each other on the same street.  One of the spaces we had once seen on Gardeners' World.  It is quite local to us in a Wolverhampton suburb so we took advantage of its proximity and paid a visit.  

We were lucky to find it as the NGS search engine seems to think that most West Mids based gardens are in Staffordshire...thank goodness for Google Maps! 

Anyway, we arrived to the garden and found it overcrowded with people sitting on the large terrace taking in the view with tea and cake, we always find we are well below the average age of the usual NGSgoer but this doesn't normally put us off.  

These Royal Ferns were huge, we hope ours reach this enormity too
A quick walk down the side of the building and you reach a lawn and wide border all around, for us this was the highlight of the garden - lots of colour and structure with the regularly placed Alliums poking up and lush green foliage of the Hostas. The feeling of enclosure with the high greenery all around is something we aspire to and can only be achieved with love and patience.

Behind the ruins of the Folly built by the owners
Through an opening in the greenery you are taken into a fantasy created by the current owners.  This must be the unique selling point drawing the crowds into this eccentric world.  It was nice to see and although not our style we appreciated the time that had been put into creating this odd mix. 

Patience is a virtue
Just down the road we were surprised to find this amazing creation in the front garden of the second visit that day.  A beautiful riot of colour and more impressive than the main event. 


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