Gardens of delight in Melbourn

PUBLISHED: 19:01 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 11 May 2010

BUDDING EXPERTS: Hilary Docwra, Doreen Johnston, and George and Mavis Howard. 3001DW29

BUDDING EXPERTS: Hilary Docwra, Doreen Johnston, and George and Mavis Howard. 3001DW29

GREEN fingered residents of Melbourn are opening their gardens this weekend in aid of the parish church. Supporters of All Saints Church (SOAS) have organised their annual open gardens event, which is taking place this Sunday. One of the gardens on show b

GREEN fingered residents of Melbourn are opening their gardens this weekend in aid of the parish church.

Supporters of All Saints Church (SOAS) have organised their annual open gardens event, which is taking place this Sunday.

One of the gardens on show belongs to Vernon and Hilary Docwra, of Cross Lane.

Mrs Docwra said: "I've been living here for the last 15 years and we've been building up the garden since then.

"I don't think the previous occupants were keen gardeners, so it was very much a case starting from scratch."

Mrs Docwra also has more than 120 pots, in her kitchen and courtyard gardens.

She said: "I'm a bit of a plant fanatic, so I spend hours in the garden every week if the weather allows.

"The thing I'm most proud of about my garden is that it's an all-year-round garden - there's always something in bloom."

This will be the second year Mr and Mrs Docwra have taken part.

"It was a bit scary at first having people you don't know wandering into your garden. I was a bit nervous at first," said Mrs Docwra.

"But I'm looking forward to it this year."

Melbourn Open Gardens will run from 11am-5pm this Sunday. Admission is £4 for adults and free for children, and tickets can be purchased from All Saints Church. Light lunches and teas will be available.

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