Jubilee is a ‘perfect time’ to revive open garden scheme

Thursday 12th May 2022 1:00 pm
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Jubilee year is ‘the perfect time’ to revive Monmouth Open Gardens.

A tree planting ceremony to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is set to mark the revival of Monmouth Open Gardens.

With the historic Nelson Garden partnering with North Parade garden for the tree planting Jubilee celebrations, organisers say there has been so much interest that the Open Gardens could soon be back in the county’s diary.

Susan Amos, chairman of the Nelson Garden, in Blestium Street, says introducing gardens to a wider range of participants in community would be ‘very much in the spirit of the Jubilee’.

She said: “Friends of the Nelson Garden and North Parade House Garden are aware that after a gap of some 15 years there will be lots of new residents who have perhaps edge-of-town plots, smaller modern gardens or balconies they would love to share with others.

“Historic properties with town gardens or even allotments are also an interesting idea so visitors can share ideas and find inspiration for their own patch.

“The tree planting at Nelson Garden on June 3 at 11am will be an opportunity for garden lovers to meet and sign up to show interest opening their garden gates in spring 2023”.

North Parade House Garden and The Nelson Garden are also partnering for the National Garden Scheme open gardens on May 28 and May 29 2022 from 2pm – 6pm.

The planting throughout the Georgian garden is designed around species that would have been popular in ornamental gardens of the late 18th/early 19th centuries.

​Although the ‘charming retreat’ has vanished, in about 1840 the present Memorial Pavilion was erected, possibly to the design of George Vaughan Maddox, the Monmouth architect.

Constructed of timber, various parts have been replaced over time and little of the current structure is original.

However, it does house the original “Seat” on which Nelson sat, and a plaque commemorates the visit.

The restoration has been carried out by the Nelson Garden Preservation Trust, a committee of dedicated local volunteers.

For information visit websites: ngs.org.uk and nelsongarden.org.uk

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