Prestwood garden to open to the public this weekend

Stourbridge News: Joyce Williams in her garden at Westacres which is once again opening to the public as part of the National Open Gardens Scheme. Buy photo: 291414J Buy this photo Joyce Williams in her garden at Westacres which is once again opening to the public as part of the National Open Gardens Scheme. Buy photo: 291414J

GARDEN lovers are in for a treat this weekend when Westacres again opens its grounds to the public.

Situated on the A449 at Prestwood, Westacres offers three quarters of an acre of paradise for plant collectors.

The garden contains a superb collection of acers and hostas which are available for viewing on Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20 between 11am and 4pm.

Visitors will be able to buy plants and there will also be homemade teas available which will be served in a covered area.

Admission is £4 and money raised will go to charity through the National Gardens Scheme.

It's the eighth time Westacres has opened to the public and over the years it has has established a huge following.

Proprietor Joyce Williams said: "We get several hundred people attending every year. All the gate money goes to the National Gardens Scheme, while sales from plants and teas is donated to the charity DEBRA which helps people with skin disease.

"Last year I raised £600 for the National Gardens Scheme and £500 for DEBRA.

"I always open for two days. Some of the gardens advertised through the NGS only open for one day, but if it rains that day, then you've lost everything.

"I live for plants, you could say I'm almost addicted to them.

"It's through the National Gardens Scheme that the garden seems to get bigger every year. I see other people's gardens and think, I could do that - but I'm no expert, just very enthusiastic."

Westacres is also open to visits from garden societies between May and September - but only by prior arrangement.

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