Gardeners across the Sheffield area are preparing to show the fruits of their labour to the public over the new season.
One of the first is Dave Darwent, who opens his garden in Ansell Road, Greystones, tomorrow (Friday) from 11am to 5pm as part of the National Gardens Scheme.
The plot was created by his grandparents, Frank and Beatrice Dyson in 1928, and Dave aimed to recreate the look and feel of the original.
when he took over in 1986, using his grandparents’ notebooks for guidance, together with his mother’s recollections and photographs.
Original rockeries, roses and borders are still growing. Some of the older roses that died have been replaced with the identical varieties and
every rose in the garden has a label identifying it. Bedding plants of the same species from the 30s and 40s now fill borders and baskets.
Dave, a lecturer, who has previously invited the public to look around, says: “I grew up knowing this garden largely as it is now. As soon as the gardening bug bit me, I wanted to see the garden return to
the glorious riot of colour that it must have been just after the war, when the garden must have been in its heyday.”
The garden at 12, Ansell Road, will also be open to the public on Monday, May 5. Admission is £2.50, children free of charge. Cream teas and light refreshments are being sold in aid of North Sheffield Cats Protection. Visitors are also welcome by appointment, in groups of five to 15, by contacting Dave on 2665881.
Several gardens in the Sheffield area will be open over the summer under the NGS.