Open Days

“A garden like no other!” 

                                     (the comment from one garden judge!)


This is a private garden, which has been opened to the public on various dates during the period 2006-2016, with all proceeds going to our named charities.

PLEASE NOTE: Charity Open Days - from January 2017 we are taking a break from holding public open days for at least two years.


As passionately as ever, we are still gardening and taking photographs of our garden in all seasons.  To us, our garden seems more beautiful every year!


Since May 2006 we have welcomed more than 13,500 visitors to our garden open days. 


We are sincerely grateful to them for raising over £44,000 for our named charities, with by far the largest share going to the National Garden Scheme.


However, much as we very much enjoyed holding public open days, we have decided to take a break from them for at least a two years.  This is in order to have more time for family events, including helping to care for our two lovely young grandchildren, and also to give us more time to write about our garden.


‘Four Seasons’

26 Buchanan Road, Walsall, West Midlands, WS4 2EN


Please note: access into the garden is down 10 steps into the garden.


Toilet at garden level


Buchanan Road is on sloping land and the garden is about 8 feet below the house level and therefore is only accessible by the steps (see photo).  There are another two steps in order to reach the Yorkstone paths and after that light weight wheel chairs can travel along paths to reach the lawn and upper garden, some of the middle garden, and some lower garden areas without need to negotiate any further steps.


Unfortunately there is no possible way for a powered wheelchair to be 'driven' into the garden and, as far as we are aware, powered wheelchairs are just too heavy to be carried down the steps.


We have had portable wheel chairs used in the garden very successfully but the person with the walking disability has needed to manage the steps into the garden with two or more people helping. We always have at least two strong people (Tony and Marie!) available to assist anyone on the steps into the garden and we are delighted to make this offer to you if it could be of help.

Since May 2006 we have welcomed more than 13,500 visitors to our garden open days. 


Apart from the UK, we have been delighted to receive garden visitors from countries including Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Eire, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Haiti, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA and Vietnam. 


We have also many visitors to our family garden events, including the wedding of one of our daughters.


We like to share our garden and by so doing it is  a win-win-win-win situation!  Firstly, we our aim is for all our garden visitors to enjoy their visit and have satisfaction that their admission fee was excellent value, as well as benefiting a charity.   Secondly, our chosen charities are always delighted to receive a very welcome funding boost. Thirdly, we have immense pleasure from sharing our garden with others. And fourthly, because we are sharing the garden with others, we can justify to ourselves why it's ok to buy a 'few' extra plants from time to time!