A rare glimpse into a remarkable 12-acre private garden that began as a “labour of love” almost 40 years ago is available later this week.
The pretty Sulby Gardens, about ten miles south-west of Market Harborough, is open this Thursday, August 21, under the National Gardens Scheme.
The gardens were renovated and extended by airline pilot Chris Lowe and his wife Alison Lowe, who formerly worked for stone ornament company Haddonstone.
The plot was originally the Gardener’s Cottage, walled kitchen gardens and orchard for Sulby Hall, a stately home demolished in the early 1950s.
“My late husband and I came here in 1976, by which time much of it was derelict,” explained Mrs Lowe.
“We restored the orchard and kitchen gardens and built up an apple collection.”
“Over time we managed to buy more land, and now we’ve got 12 acres here, including a four-acre wood.”
Mr Lowe died six-and-a-half years ago, but Mrs Lowe has carried on the work, with gardener Bill Barker.
The garden is open from 2pm to 5.30pm.
It will also be open on Thursday, October 9, and Thursday, November 13.
Admission costs £4 (free for children).
For more details see the Garden at Sulby website website.