Garden lovers ready for annual open day

John and Kathryn Moor from Glebe farm in Whitburn are opening their garden to the public to help raise money for charity as part of the National Garden Scheme.

John and Kathryn Moor from Glebe farm in Whitburn are opening their garden to the public to help raise money for charity as part of the National Garden Scheme.

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HUNDREDS of garden lovers are set to have a blooming good time at an annual open day.

The event at Glebe Farm, in Whitburn, is being held next month as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

Thousands of gardens across the country will be opened up to the public in aid of a range of good causes.

Organiser Kathryn Moor said: “It’s been a strange year as far as the weather is concerned. It can, of course, have a big effect on plants and flowers.

“But we’re hoping everything will be okay on the day. We’re hoping for a good turnout.”

Kathryn said she was first moved to hold the fund-raiser after the death of her mother from cancer.

“Last year, we had about 325 visitors and raised £2,000 for nursing charities, including Macmillan Nurses and Marie Curie,” she said. “Over the past 10 years, £26million has been raised by garden openings organised by the NGS.”

Kathryn and husband John have spent years developing the garden.

“We try to include a range of plants and flowers,” she said. “It’s often hard work, but worth it in the end.”

The NGS-produced Yellow Book, which contains reviews of all 3,700 gardens open to the public, describes Glebe Farm as a “lovely garden with a range of colours, moods and styles”.

“It is a mixture of styles,” said Kathryn. “There are deep herbaceous borders, many David Austin roses, a herb garden and a woodland garden.”

The garden day at Glebe Farm, Moor Lane, Whitburn, is open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, July 1.

It will be signposted from the A1018 and Coast Road.

Plants will be on sale and home-made teas available.

For more information about the NGS, visit www.ngs.org.uk

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