05 July 2021

Gardens Open Up

This summer, gardens across Herts and Bucks are once again open to the public, raising funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care through our Open Gardens scheme.

Howkins garden on the corner

An award-winning garden in High Wycombe will open its gates to visitors for the whole of July. From Thursday 1 to Saturday 31 July, Keith Howkins at the ‘House on the Corner’ will be taking timed bookings for people to explore his beautiful ‘garden on the corner’ (pictured, above).   

With its large collection of conifers and evergreen shrubs, labyrinth of paths and pretty pagoda, it’s a peaceful space with plenty of spots to stop and rest. But it’s also a magical place of enchantment and discovery. Keith has created a children's corner and visitors of all ages can enjoy spotting topiary plant figures in shapes of animals, crossing enchanted arches to secret parts of the garden and maybe even glimpsing the mystical fairies.

On Sunday July 18, from 1pm till 5pm, a hidden gem of a garden in the heart of St Albans will open its gates to visitors.

Mike and Pauline Foers’ medium-sized garden on Lancaster Road combines unusual trees and shrubs with richly-planted herbaceous borders to give year-round colour.

By mid-July, the azaleas, rhododendron and majestic Judas tree will have made way for the stunning tulip tree, callicanthus, peonies, carpenteria and roses to take centre stage. Borders will be bustling with brightly coloured blooms as the tall and stately lobelia tuba stand shoulder to shoulder with the colourful spikes of salvias and the striking star-shaped clematis over blankets of pretty phlox and the hard-working heuchera, whose leaves provide bursts of colour to rival its neighbouring flowers.

Pots of lilies, delicate agapanthus and hardy hostas provide splashes of colour and texture that complement a collection of succulents. Visitors can enjoy discovering different parts of the garden along winding paths that access all areas, including plenty of peaceful spots to sit and contemplate.

Tickets are available on the gate only, priced £3, cash payments please. Visitors are politely reminded to maintain social distancing and note that there is a maximum capacity of 30 people in the garden at any one time. The garden is accessible and Mike kindly requests that only registered assistance dogs accompany their owners.

All proceeds from Open Gardens entry fees and sales will support ​our specialist services, supporting local families affected by life-limiting illness.

To find out more, visit  our Open Gardens page here or call 01727 731028.

And on Saturday 10 July from 10am till 12pm, Grove House’s Volunteer Head Gardener, Sue Hobley, will be hosting a plant sale outside Grove House. Come along to purchase plants and support local hospice care. Cash payments please and Sue will have a QR code that customers can scan with their smart phone should they wish to make a donation.