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For the first time on Sunday August 18th 2pm until 6pm, Reveley Lodge Garden
will be open for charity. The beneficiaries are in the main charities that care for people suffering from cancer and other life threatening illness. This year as before they include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help the Hospices. The guest charity for 2013 is Parkinson’s UK.
The two acre garden at 88 Elstree Road Bushey Heath WD23 4GL is managed by Bushey Museum Property Trust. It was bequeathed in 2003 by the late Mrs Eila Chewett and is in the process of reconstruction. The head gardener Nick Boyes was appointed in 2005 and since then the garden has been transformed. Nick is Kew trained and is constantly making improvements to design and introducing unusual plants. He is helped two days a week by an additional gardener and a small team of volunteers.
The garden features lawns, a rose garden, herb, medicinal and scented beds surrounding a mulberry tree. Produce from the vegetable garden is taken to Bushey Museum during the summer. The greenhouse has interesting plants; though they may be on the move to the garden or the conservatory, but it is always worth a look in for something unusual.
The Analammatic sun-clock (human sun-clock) on the lawn is believed to be the only stone one in Hertfordshire. It was carved by stone mason Sarah Stewart-Smith. Some of her other work may be seen at The Eden project and The Cornish Coastal Path. The stable will be open to enable visitors to see the work of two volunteers, who are lovingly restoring items of horticultural interest. There will be invitations to identify the use of some of these ancient implements.
There will be plants for sale. Anne Godfrey an RHS award winner at Chelsea and Hampton Court will be selling her plants in aid of the NGS. There will also be teas and delicious home- made cakes made by the Friends of Bushey Museum.
Admission is £3.50, children FREE
You can get more info about The National Garden Scheme at www.ngs.org.uk