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2004 Mellor Open Day

some of the gardens that featured in the 2004 event are described below:


Although at a relatively high altitude, this medium-sized garden is surprisingly sheltered, having evergreens on three sides. It has recently undergone some re-landscaping in the ongoing fight to counter the invasion of moss, a bitter enemy given aid and succour by its allies, rain and the Mellor slope.

A climb of 22 steps passes a large rockery with mixed plantings of heather, conifers and shrubs and leads to a long south-facing, mixed border and island beds set in a grass bank.

The garden includes many fine shrubs, with a Pieris formosa 'Forestii' and a Viburnum plicatum ' mariesii' being particularly noteworthy at the time of the open garden event.





This mature garden, now approaching 2 acres in size, has a fine selection of specimen trees and a wide variety of shrubs in addition to extensive, densely-planted borders and some drystone walling.

The layout is informal on a south-facing slope with lawns that lead down to an area of woodland.

There is a new glasshouse and nursery beds along with a vegetable plot and much else to interest the practical gardener.

Other garden features include a games lawn, two ponds, a collection of clipped conifers and a woodland walk.

A resident saxophone quartet played on the terrace for a time during the day



Taking account of ground conditions and prevailing winds, the present owners have transformed an overgrown meadow into shrubberies, a collection of ornamental trees and an apple and soft fruit orchard which have now reached maturity.

The emphasis has been given to a flowering informal design with an accent on spring and autumn colour in the choice of planting.

Recent additions include a collection of rhododendrons and ferns, from where there are glimpses of Slack Brook and the wooded valley beyond; a Parrotia persica'Fastigiata' ( Persian Ironwood; Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa' ( Dragons Claw Willow ) and Corylus contorta (corkscrew hazel ).