This year we decided to return to Millrace on Selby Road – a venue we have been to a few years ago and a favourite for some of our group. We arrived on a lovely sunny evening and were greeted by our host Carol, who was delighted to see us again. A good turn out of 19 came along and enjoyed an excellent evening. (See photographs)
Millrace is a 4 acre garden developed over the last 16 years from a green field site by the owners. There are now in excess of 3,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs filling the garden in varied areas including herbaceous borders, bog garden, woodland, meadow and ornamental vegetable garden. The garden is planted for all year round interest from mass plantings of snowdrops, aconites and hellebores in winter to late summer – interest from grasses and late flowering perennials. Much of the planting is drought-resistant as the garden is free draini (( See photographs and sloping down through the meadow to the bog garden and wildlife pond. The garden is cultivated on organic grounds and always with wildlife in mind.
The garden has changed since we last visited – with many new areas of picturesque borders being introduced. Carol explained that with the advent of grandchildren the woodland garden is now dotted with surprises for children and a playhouse with slide.
Following over an hours tour around the beautiful garden areas in which Carol went into detail about the various plants, trees etc. we all enjoyed tea and scones (with jam) and then we were able to select which cuttings we would like from the garden!!! A brilliant evening and one that is well worth a visit if you can manage to get to one of the events mentioned below. The garden has been open for The National Gardens Scheme for many years and this year there are still a couple of events taking place in July and August: Thurs 28th July 1.00-5.00 (family day with lots of activities for the children) Sun 21st Aug 1.00-5.0. (You will have the opportunity to collect seeds!!!)
Well done to Sandra for organising this evening.