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Long Acre

Bunbury

Plantswoman's garden of approx 1 acre with unusual and rare plants and trees including Kentucky Coffee Tree, Scadiopitys, Kalapanax Picta and others, pool garden, exotic conservatory with bananas, anthuriums and medinilla, herbaceous, greenhouses with Clivia in Spring and Disa Orchids in Summer. Spring garden with camellias, magnolias, bulbs; roses and lilies in summer.
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    This garden in the lovely Cheshire village of Bunbury opened for the first time in 2000. Margaret Bourne is an enthusiastic plantswoman, who has lived here for over 40 years, planned the garden before the house was built. Together with husband Michael, she has gardened with energy and enthusiasm, specialising in plants from South Africa as well as the rare and unusual.The garden of approximately one acre is approached down a gravel drive lined with whitebeam. The figure of eight bungalow is fronted by a deep bed of mixed shrubs including camellias, lilacs and hollies.To the right lies the side lawn/gravel area, newly developed with paths and lined with box balls. A rose and clematis trellis screens the greenhouses which contain collections of plants including orchids, bulbs, clivias and proteas from South Africa.Entrance to the main garden is through arches of rambling roses, and the lawn is edged by deep beds of dense planting. A large island bed contains the blue collection of plants. There is a poos with resident frogs and newts supporting an area dedicated to moisture loving bog plants.Fronting the old goat house, the wide paving takes you between deep herbaceous beds with mixed spring bulbs. This is edged with pots of heuchera for maximum colour. There is a concentration on foliage pattern and colour throughout the garden. The old paddock now has a growing collection of rare trees including Caucasian Wing-nut, the spiky Kalopanax and Quercus Dentata.Return back past a large fruit cage along a grass path with a new hot border at the side.The conservatory contains bananas, strelitzia, heliconia, palms and bougainvillea planted in the ground and is not to be missed.

Long Acre- Canceled

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This garden also makes a donation to St Boniface Church Flower Fund and Bunbury Village Hall.

Owner Information

Margaret & Michael Bourne
01829 260944
mjbourne249@tiscali.co.uk

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Long Acre
Wyche Lane
Bunbury
Cheshire
CW6 9PS

3½m SE of Tarporley.

More about Long Acre

This garden in the lovely Cheshire village of Bunbury opened for the first time in 2000. Margaret Bourne is an enthusiastic plantswoman, who has lived here for over 40 years, planned the garden before the house was built. Together with husband Michael, she has gardened with energy and enthusiasm, specialising in plants from South Africa as well as the rare and unusual.The garden of approximately one acre is approached down a gravel drive lined with whitebeam. The figure of eight bungalow is fronted by a deep bed of mixed shrubs including camellias, lilacs and hollies.To the right lies the side lawn/gravel area, newly developed with paths and lined with box balls. A rose and clematis trellis screens the greenhouses which contain collections of plants including orchids, bulbs, clivias and proteas from South Africa.Entrance to the main garden is through arches of rambling roses, and the lawn is edged by deep beds of dense planting. A large island bed contains the blue collection of plants. There is a poos with resident frogs and newts supporting an area dedicated to moisture loving bog plants.Fronting the old goat house, the wide paving takes you between deep herbaceous beds with mixed spring bulbs. This is edged with pots of heuchera for maximum colour. There is a concentration on foliage pattern and colour throughout the garden. The old paddock now has a growing collection of rare trees including Caucasian Wing-nut, the spiky Kalopanax and Quercus Dentata.Return back past a large fruit cage along a grass path with a new hot border at the side.The conservatory contains bananas, strelitzia, heliconia, palms and bougainvillea planted in the ground and is not to be missed.

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