17 June 2019 By Tash Ellens
Alitex clients, Patrick and Gaby Hungerford have collaborated with the National Garden Scheme (NGS) to bring together an evening of ‘Music in the Garden’. This midsummer party will be opened by Mary Berry, President of the NGS after being an avid supporter for over 20 years. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the gardens, enjoying the sounds of soul singer Natasha Watts and East Woodhay Silver band with their repertoire of swing, jazz and old time favourites. Towards the end of the evening guests will partake in the live auction, all in aid of raising money for nursing charities, including Macmillan and Marie Curie.
Located at the foot of the Wessex Downs, the stunning gardens were originally created in the 1970’s by Martin Lane-Fox and have since been expanded by Patrick and Gaby, along with their two gardeners Kevin Rush and Steven Millson.
The gardens are separated into 15 interlinked areas by clipped yew, beach, hornbeam and box hedges. Particular feature points include a formal terrace area leading onto a large lawn which falls away down to a lake, a raised rose garden, the quiet garden with a rectangular lily pond, a wild meadow and a water garden.
The garden is also home to an Alitex greenhouse, it is situated within the main garden, the same site as where the original glasshouse stood. The new design has a central area for Tropical plants, one side used for geraniums and abutilons, whilst the other is filled with tomatoes and peppers.
To explore more about these incredible gardens, the NGS Open Garden event will be held on Friday 21 June from 6.30pm at Hazelby House in Hampshire. There are limited tickets available for the evening, and entrance is available by pre-booked ticket only. Visit ngs.org.uk/events to book your tickets today.