Spectacular three-acre garden to be unveiled in Kingswinford

By Thomas Parkes | Kingswinford | Attractions | Published:

"I don't think the garden has ever looked more beautiful."

A gardener is set to offer rare glimpse into his colourful three-acre garden to raise money for charity.

John Massey, who has won a Chelsea Gold medallist for his displays, is set to open John's Garden at Ashwood Nursery to the public for the Brain Tumour Society.

The Kingswinford-based garden, which has so far helped raise £32,000 this year, will feature a range of plants and colour.

Mr Massey said: "It's my private garden and we open it six times a year for charity.

"We charge £5 and all that money goes into the charity and I think we've raised £32,000 this year so we've never broken £40,000 before, but the garden was used in Great British Gardens.

"And that has given us unprecedented numbers which is fantastic for us and the charity.

"There's lots of colours with herbaceous plants and rudbeckias. And we do a bed which we dedicate to Christopher Lloyd, one of the great gardeners from down Sussex way, who was known for his colour and contrast.

"He was a great mentor of mine."


The team at the nursery has helped to develop the garden, with the 70-year-old praising the "team effort".

He said: "I think there's plenty for people to see.

"It's the last time people can come in until February other than private groups."

A wildlife garden featuring a range of plants, a Mediterranean-themed garden and a garden in memory of former gardener Adam Greathead will all be on show.

It will be opened on September 28 from 10am until 4pm.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
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