Enjoy a Patchwork of colour at open garden

Patchwork in August
Patchwork in August

A Berkhamsted garden will be open to the public on Sunday afternoon.

Jean and Peter Block have been opening their garden, Patchwork, for the past 15 years, and during that time has seen more than 4.500 visitors.

Patchwork is one of 3,800 gardens opening for charity as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Last year, the scheme raised well over £2.5 million for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices and Carers Trust.

Patchwork is on a steep, north-­facing slope and has been planted to provide colour, scent and form throughout the year, with the benefit of a varied backcloth of trees.

From August through to October there’s a blaze of colour from fuchsias, begonias, dahlias and dozens of tubs and pots full of exciting plants.

Jean said: “It’s been a mixed year for the gardener.

“The narcissi were later than normal and merged with the tulips to stunning effect. The roses, delphiniums and hostas have been excellent.

“Some of the fuchsias were attacked by capsid bud and affected by rust but most are showing well now. Begonias are flourishing and the dahlias, which were slow to develop, are also coming into their own.”

Patchwork, Hall Park Gate, Berkhamsted HP4 2NJ, will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, August 16.

Adults £3, children free. Teas and plants on sale. Plenty of seating and cover. Dogs welcome on leads.