My final port of call took me across the railway line into West Birkdale to the home of Margaret and Geoff Fletcher. I was met at the gate by their grandson Sam who politely welcomed me and told me all about the cakes that were on offer. Later on I took him up on his recommendation of the chocolate and Guinness cake. Before I settled down in the shade of the refreshment area Margaret showed me around their stunning garden.
This walled garden covers 1/3-acre and has an exciting mix of secret areas, informal beds & water features, all accessed by bark & gravel paths. They also sold plants and I must admit I did succumb to the sales patter of the very persuasive Sam
|Margaret and Geoff Fletcher the driving force behind this brilliant event , the Birkdale Open Gardens. Photograph by Mathew|
|despite the scale of the garden it was the small detail that most took the eye|
|Sue Blaney and her two companions who walked between the five gardens taking a well deserved rest and enjoying the sunshine, the garden and the refreshments|