Pop along to take a peek at picturesque Patchwork plot

Patchwork is open to the public
Patchwork is open to the public

Enjoy a glorious garden courtesy of Jean and Peter Block this weekend – they are opening the gates of Patchwork at 22 Hall Park Gate, Berkhamsted as part of the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday to raise cash for good causes.

The garden will be open from 2pm to 5pm and visitors will be able to enjoy a blaze of colour from fuchsias, begonias, dahlias and dozens of tubs and pots brimful with exciting plants.

Adults pay £3, children get in free, and there will be teas and plants for sale. Dogs welcome on leads and there is plenty of seating and cover.

Patchwork is one of the smaller gardens opening for charity as part of the nationwide NGS scheme which now has 4,000 gardens taking part.

Over the past 10 years £25 million has been raised for charity, the main beneficiaries being Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices and Carers Trust.

Jean and Peter have been opening their garden for the past 13 years, and have clocked up more than 3,000 visitors in that time.

Their garden is on a steep north-facing slope and has been planted to provide colour, scent and form throughout the year, with the benefit of a varied backcloth of trees.

Jean said: “It’s been a difficult gardening year so, with many plants coming later than usual.

“The good news is that our August garden will be as colourful as ever, with fuschias still on their first flush, and sweet peas approaching their peak.

“The dahlias and bedding plants were not affected by the cold spring, and are as good as ever.”