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Joe's garden is so blooming lovely the BBC's Monty Don came to visit

Harry Leach 10th Jun, 2018

A WYTHALL man has opened up his garden to the public after it featured on BBC’s ‘Gardeners’ World’ last week.

Joe Manchester, from Meadow Road was approached by the BBC after they saw photos of his garden online.

Joe’s nurtured his garden into a beautiful, quirky space dedicated to woodland and shade-loving plants.

“It’s wonderful that the BBC thought my garden was interesting enough to appear on the telly,” he said.

“I always thought I was quite good at gardening but after my mom died of breast-cancer I really got into it.

“I wanted to give something back.

“Over the years I did quite a few gardens in the local area for various charities and hospitals – such as St Mary’s Hospice in Selly Oak.

“Then I really got into maintaining my own and began adding different features.”

And the response since Joe opened his garden to the public has been overwhelming with it fully booked until September.

“People can come and meander through the garden and take pictures. I think they will really enjoy the peacefulness of it all,” he said.

Entry to Joe’s garden is £3 – with all the money made going to the National Garden Scheme.

For more details visit www.ngs.org.uk/ and search for Joe’s garden.

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