Picturesque garden to open

Part of the garden in Beadnell.
Part of the garden in Beadnell.

A green-fingered resident will be opening up her ‘magical’ garden to visitors this month to raise money for a number of charities.

Horticultural lover Hilary Wilson will be hosting an open garden event tomorrow and Monday, as well as Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11.

The fund-raiser, in aid of Barnardo’s Young Carers and St Oswald’s Hospice, will be staged at The Whitehouse, 5 Swinhoe Road, Beadnell, and outdoor lovers will be in for a treat.

The 56-year-old’s garden is a picturesque haven, complete with ponds, rockeries, two large lawns, herbaceous borders, a secret garden and a fruit and vegetable plot.

Hilary, who is a self-taught gardener, said: “It is a magical garden with something for everyone. There really is something special about it and it is nice to share it with other people, especially if it helps to raise money for charity at the same time.

“There are plants growing here that people wouldn’t expect to find and it is absolutely full of beautiful spring flowers, with a range of colours – yellows, blues, purples, pinks.

“It is really coming along day-by-day and the flowers are really putting on a show, bless them.

“All we need is decent weather over the four open days and it will be a cracking event.”

As well as the garden, there will be a range of stalls, including jams, cakes and plants, a raffle, tombola and refreshments.

Hilary is no stranger to fund-raising and between July 2011 and October last year she managed to collect £2,445 for St Oswald’s Hospice by selling home-made jams and chutneys and home-grown plants.