A COUPLE from Rocester are celebrating their 21st anniversary of sharing their stunning garden with green-fingered fans, after joining the National Garden Scheme in 1997.
With ⅔ acre including countryside views, Ken and Joy Sutton first opened their personal oasis to the public after being inspired by their own experience of open gardens.
With a box garden, shrubs, rhododendrons and azaleas, vibrant colour-themed herbaceous borders and scented roses, the garden has drawn in plant-lovers from as far as Austria over the years.
The Beeches garden is located just five miles from Uttoxeter, at Mill Street in Rocester, and sees hundreds of visitors each year during the open season.
The couple, who are spending their retirement maintaining the garden and preparing the grounds for display, invite guests between March and September, with one open-day each month.
With early flowering shrubs and bulbs including magnolia, witch hazel, camellia and snowdrops, and rhododendrons and azaleas which carry on the show right through to late May and early June, the garden has seen a struggle this summer, with the unexpected warm weather.
Ken told the Times and Echo: “It’s been hard work to keep the gardens looking lovely and at a high standard this year.
“What with the warm weather and endless days of sunshine with little rain, we were starting to really struggle.
“But thankfully we’ve seen a little more rain in recent days and we’ve had some long overdue rest-bite.”
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