We were blessed with beautiful weather as we were shown round Millrace Gardens in Garforth by Carol, the owner, whose enthusiasm for gardening and plants is infectious. It is difficult to imagine that in 1999 there was nothing in the front garden. Only after clearing the whole area and adding topsoil could the construction of the borders begin. A large amount of rubble was left beneath the soil, but this helped with drainage.
The back garden was formerly a field and now includes a woodland walk, wild areas with prairie planting and trees. The garden attracts a lot of wildlife and we saw a woodpecker. It was like being deep in the countryside rather than a suburb of Leeds.
Nearer the house are a series of garden rooms.
For more photos see http://www.millrace-plants.co.uk/nursery-photos.htm
We all enjoyed the visit to this garden including the tea and homemade cake and went home with new plants and new ideas to try in our own gardens.
Graham’s mystery plant has now been identified as Ledebouria - the original bulbs came from Ann F.
Next Meeting: 5th June (see the tab at the top of the blog for details).