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Award-winning Wolverhampton garden to star on BBC2's Gardeners' World

By Megan Archer | Compton | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published:

Keen gardeners will be treated to a tour of an award-winning Wolverhampton garden tonight - as part of the first 2018 episode of BBC2 Gardeners' World.

Anne and Brian Bailey in their garden in Compton

Anne and Brian Bailey's 'romantic garden of surprises' in Compton will be featured on the show in detail this evening, before being open to visitors in June and July as part of the National Garden Scheme.

The award-winning garden

Taking the top prize of the Daily Mail National Garden competition in 2015, the garden is designed around hidden pathways through dense greenery, leading to a ruined folly, Japanese tea house and an underground shell grotto.

The couple have been opening their garden to visitors for eight years, as part of the National Garden Scheme, and have raised £15,000 for the scheme’s charities, including Macmillan, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Hospices UK.

The Compton garden

Their summerhouse and grotto also featured on television programme Amazing Spaces - Shed of the Year in 2014.

Anne, aged 68, said: "“It’s the ultimate accolade to appear on Gardeners’ World, we were so pleased to be asked. It was so unexpected. We just got a call out of the blue.

"They were here for eight hours and they took three and a half hours of film, which they said they had to edit to six minutes."

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The surprise Wolverhampton garden

The Wolverhampton garden, which Anne says is small for a town garden, has evolved over the last 27 years from lawns surrounded by conifers to a jungle full of exotic plants with a lion head fountain, a sunny rock bank, an arch covered in roses, honeysuckle and clematis, and an oriental garden.

Based at 19 Waterdale in Compton, Wolverhampton, it will be open to view on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, July 1 from 12.30pm to 5.30pm but private viewings for groups can be arranged on other days.

Entry costs £5 per person, and tea and cake will be on offer to be charged separately.

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BBC Gardeners' World filming in the Compton garden

It can also be viewed on television tonight at 8.30pm on BBC2's Gardeners' World.

The National Garden Scheme was established in 1927 and currently has almost 3,700 gardens across the country, which open each year to raise money for charity.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Deputy Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk.

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