21 Chapel Street
Opening dates and times:Sat 23, Sun 24 Feb, Sun 15 Sept (11-5) 2013; Sun 23 Feb 2014
Visitors also welcome by appt
Admission:Adm £2.50, chd free
Contact:Cliff & Joan Curtis
Telephone: 01778 570314
Location:3m N of Bourne.
A15, turn E at Xrds into Hacconby, L at village green
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Description:A cottage garden behind a 300yr old cottage. Snowdrops, primroses, hellebores and many different spring flowering bulbs, colour with bulbs and herbaceous plants through the yr, autumn with asters, dahlias, salvias and many of the autumn flowering yellow daises
Further details:Out of an old farm yard plot covered in rubbish and old sheds behind an 18th century cottage, Cliff and Joan Curtis have created a small walled garden with a paved area, a large alpine planted area and intensively planted beds and borders. Sunlight and shade provide conditions for a year-long flow of foliage and flowers. From very early snowdrops and schizostylis, for those who love bulbous plants, to hellebores and asters for the herbaceous lovers there is much to delight the visitor throughout the season.
The large gravel area to the side of the cottage is enlivened by numerous old stone troughs and sinks planted with a collection of alpines. An interesting feature is the end of a large shed covered with old enamel advertising signs collected locally.
A gap between the buildings leads to a more open aspect. Over the years the vegetable patch has become a potager. Because of its sunny position, it now incorporates a summer hot border with heleniums, crocosmia, kniphofia and dahlias, shading to the soft misty colours of autumn with asters and chrysanthemums. The alpine house is also in this area. together with a large raised bed, cold frames and a further greenhouse for propagating and growing-on plants for the garden and for plant sales.
Even after 25 years the garden is still growing. There is now a semi-wild area for naturalising spring bulbs and native oddities. This also gives more room for the extensive collection of snowdrops and for the pursuit of a recently acquired interest in celandines