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Music, wine & sweet scented flowers . . .

Posted on April 30 2018 at 2:55:55 0 comments


Evening opening for cottage garden full of colour and interest.

The headline sounds like the title of a romantic novel or the latest ballad from a crooner, but it’s actually what is on offer at Oak Tree House in Marlbrook on the evening of Saturday May 12, when the garden will be open to raise money for charity through the National Garden Scheme.

Oak Tree House is usually open as part of a group called Marlbrook Gardens (which it will be again in August – see above right), but, as it’s a colourful spring garden, the owners wanted to give visitors the chance to see the tulips and rhododendrons and enjoy the sights and scents of some of their fragrant azaleas.

Opening on a Saturday evening gives visitors the chance to have a free glass of wine while they wander round the garden – and to add to the experience, there will be live music provided by Catshill Methodist Church Choir and also by Catshill Methodist Men’s Choir. They will perform during the early part of the evening, leaving plenty of time for visitors to view the garden in peace and quiet if that is their preference.

The garden is described as a plantsman’s cottage garden, although in reality a more accurate description is a plantswoman’s cottage garden as Di Morgan is the main gardener, while her husband Dave claims he is a trainee gardener and basically “does as he is told” – although as he is the County Organiser for the NGS in Worcestershire, it might be suggested that he knows more than he is admitting!

Oak Tree House is overflowing with plants, pots and interesting artifacts. Visitors enter through a secluded patio with plants and shrubs for spring interest, a small pond and waterfall and plenty of seating.

Five steps then lead up through a rose arch to two grass paths either side of a central bed, which has a unique water feature created by Hanbury blacksmiths JW and AJ Barrett.

Further up the garden is a separate wildlife pond, another water feature, an alpine area and rear open vista across fields towards the Lickey Hills.

As well as the spring plants there is a large collection of  hostas, plus lilies, roses and other plants for both shade and sun. There is also a small greenhouse and small raised vegetable beds.

In addition, the conservatory will be open with a collection of art by the garden owners, with many of the paintings available for sale.

The garden, which is at 504 Birmingham Road, Marlbrook, will be open from 5pm to 9pm, and entry is £4 per adult (accompanied children go free). There will also be plants for sale.

Two contrasting gardens

If you can’t make it to Oak Tree House on May 12 (full details below), there’s another chance on Sunday August 12 when it opens again as part of the duo called Marlbrook Gardens.

Its partner is Round Hill Garden, a traditional garden with a twist of the exotic and unusual. The rear is divided into four distinct areas: Mediterranean, patio/pond, lawn with borders and islands, and vegetable garden with raised beds and greenhouses.

Both gardens will be open from 1.30 to 5.30pm, offering home-made teas in aid of The Basement Project (supporting homeless young people), and there will also be art displays by the garden owners. Adults £5; children go free.

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