Vicarage opens its gardens
A VICTORIAN vicarage garden in Rickling is being opened up to the public by its owner as part of a national scheme. The Old Vicarage, surrounded by one-and-a-half acres of mature gardens, is quintessentially English. An old wall and well-established hedge
A VICTORIAN vicarage garden in Rickling is being opened up to the public by its owner as part of a national scheme.
The Old Vicarage, surrounded by one-and-a-half acres of mature gardens, is quintessentially English.
An old wall and well-established hedges provide shelter and an excellent backdrop to large closely planted borders, filled with a mixture of shrubs, herbaceous plants and old roses. A lily pond, a formal rose garden, an orchard and a small walled vegetable garden completed the victorian picture.
An arch built through a hedge gives glimpses of the medieval Rickling Church from the grounds of the Old Vicarage and this add to the garden's charm.
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Owner Tessa Firmin is opening up the garden during The National Gardens Scheme. She said: "I am adding my own colour touches and design ideas to this beautifully designed garden but I have tried very hard to keep the essence of a wonderful victorian vicarage garden.
"We will be serving home made teas on the lawn and terrace - what could be more perfect in June!"
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The Old Vicarage, at Church End, Rickling CB11 3YL is open on Sunday June 7 from 2-5pm. Admission is �3.50, children go free.
The National Garden Scheme selects hundreds of residential gardens every year to be opened for public viewings. Last year visitors raised more than �3m for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer and Help the Hospices. The NGS website www.ngs.org.uk has full details of all open gardens.