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Lost and found

Posted on June 28 2015 at 11:04:16 0 comments

The 2 gardens

A year ago, National Gardens Scheme County Organiser Dave Morgan appealed via this very magazine for what he termed “The Lost Gardens of Burcot” to consider opening under the charitable scheme, as Greenhill resident Chris Franklin was interested in doing so but needed other garden owners to create a group.

Ruth Edwards of Appletreewick (above left) on Pikes Pool Lane came forward, and the two very different gardens opened to the public for two days, with refreshments available at Fresh @Burcot Garden Centre, conveniently located between the two.

Both gardens offered plenty for visitors to see, in terms of both planting and quirky touches!

Christine and mangle

The two-story garden

Appletreewick’s owner Ruth Edwards calls it the “two-story garden”, partly because it is on two levels but also because there are two special stories associated with it.

The Vintage Garden area was inspired by Ruth’s friend Christine Simons, who donated the old mangle (above left).

Ruth wanted to call the section “the Christine Garden” but Christine asked that it be named after her daughter Eleanor, who died in a house fire along with Christine’s grandson.

“Last year, on the anniversary of the deaths, Chris was about to undergo a very serious back operation,” says Ruth.

“So I and another friend laid flowers in the ‘Ellie Garden’ on her behalf. We also made a pact that after her op we would sit there together and drink champagne, which Chris had never tasted!”

Christine (above right) survived the operation and is now home. “Her third trip out of the house was to visit the Ellie Garden, where we supped champagne,” adds Ruth.

Among the many visitors to the gardens was a former resident of Appletreewick – Evelyn Warren, now aged 99 and living at St John’s Nursing Home in Bromsgrove.

Although she now suffers from dementia, she thoroughly enjoyed seeing the garden she started many years ago, especially her old lawnmower (below left) which Ruth has incorporated as a design feature. 

Ruth (below, far right, with Evelyn and NGS County Organiser Dave Morgan) also presented her with two bottles of apple juice made from the apple tree that Evelyn (inset, as a young woman) planted.


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