Garden wonderland set to thrill visitors

By Charlotte Callear | Attractions | Published:

A keen gardener will be opening up the gates to her 32,000sq ft garden for visitors to marvel at.

Joyce Williams, of Prestwood, will be one of thousands of owners of private gardens across the country who will be letting the public into their gardens for the National Garden Scheme.

It is the 12th year she will be opening Westacres to the public. It will be open to raise money for DEBRA, an international medical research charity dedicated to the curing of epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic skin condition

Joyce said: "I started gardening around 13 or 14 years ago and I love it, it keeps me busy. I like sharing my garden with people plus it is a way of helping charity.

"When visitors pop by they are quite taken with the hostas. They love the garden and all the different areas, I have broken them down into a woodland area, bamboo area, and eating area.

"I like growing things. If I give them the conditions they like and care for them then they may not always grow but most of the time they do.

"It is nice that people with similar interests visit because you can discuss gardening and make friends.

"Spring and autumn are normally my favourite seasons because of the colours and the leaves. I find summer hard work but all seasons are magical.

"A lot of hard work goes into this garden especially before I open it up to people. I have to make sure it is clean and looking good.


Her garden has unusual plants and many different varieties of acers, hostas, and shrubs. There is also a woodland walk and a large koi pool along with a covered tea area with home-made cakes.

It was described by a visitor in the visitors book as: 'a garden which we all wished we could have, at least once in our lifetime'.

Miss Williams' garden in Wolverhampton Road, Prestwood, Stourbridge, will be open on July 14 and 15 from 11am to 4pm.

Entrance will cost £4 for adults, with children getting in free and refreshments will be available.

Charlotte Callear

By Charlotte Callear

Reporter based at the Express & Star's Wolverhampton head office


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