Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer – Sutton Coldfield couple’s open garden appears on new BBC series “Great British Garden Revival”

A SUTTON Coldfield couple who open up their garden to the public for charity every year have been featured on national television.

The Hamilton House garden, which has been created by Phil and Diana Berry in their Little Aston home over the last 12 years, was shown on BBC Two’s ‘Great British Garden Revival’.

The popular TV series, which was seen by millions of viewers around the country, described Phil and Diana’s woodland garden as a ‘Himalayan Paradise’.

Diana said: “It was great that the BBC decided to feature our garden here in Little Aston, and Norah, our little cavalier King Charles Spaniel, made sure she got in on the show! We love our garden and, in particular, our collection of rhododendrons, some of which are quite rare. It is also a real pleasure to share it all with visitors to our garden.”

The aim of the TV series is to encourage people to take up gardening and ‘rediscover their passion for plants’.

Each week the BBC feature a group of plants that are in danger of decline and the Berry’s garden has a collection of over seventy different varieties of Rhododendron.

Phil said: “Whilst Britain is a nation of proud gardeners some of our favourite flowers are now disappearing.

“A BBC producer saw our entry in the National Garden Scheme (NGS) yellow book and asked if they could interview us.

“They spent over four hours filming in our garden last May and it was a very interesting experience. “We hope that the programme will encourage people to garden again and also to visit us when we open our own garden for the NGS later in the year.”

The BBC Two programme is shown week days at 7pm. Hamilton House garden in Little Aston Park is open this year on May 24 between 2pm and 5pm, and again on the evening of August 22 between 7.30pm and 10pm.

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