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It's open all flowers for gardens at Dam Farm

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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GARDEN enthusiasts are being invited to enjoy a rare glimpse behind the gates of a private estate.

Dam Farm gardens will be open to the public for just one afternoon, in aid of the cancer charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Owner Pip Player said: "It's a charity I hold close to my heart. My father was involved with the Derby branch from the very start, so it's nice to continue offering my support."

The garden, which is just off the A52 at Ednaston, has been developed over the last 30 years.

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Pip said: "The garden is really a testament to my mother-in-law, Jean Player, who moved here in 1981. She created this beautiful space from what was literally just a rough field.

"Together with Michael Baimbridge, who was the gardener here until very recently, they designed and planted the most fantastic and relaxing garden.

"Michael has since taken up another role, but we were lucky that he and Alan Peet, the gardener in charge now, worked together here for some ten years, so it was a very smooth and easy transition. Alan understands the garden, and has continued the fabulous work Jean and Michael started."

Visitors will be able to wander freely though the four acres of woodlands, brooks and lake, and enjoy the extensive garden area.

There is an arboretum of rare trees, a collection of cornus and hollies, a colourful scree garden and a profusion of roses and diverse herbaceous borders.

Pip said: "It should all be in full bloom and looking at its best, so we hope people enjoy the day."

The garden is also home to several species of wildlife and birds, and visitors will be able to sit on the many well placed benches to enjoy the views.

The garden will be open from 1.30pm to 6pm on Sunday, June 1. The entrance fee is £10 which includes afternoon tea. There will be a tombola and raffle.

The farm is situated five miles outside Ashbourne on the A52 towards Derby, opposite the turning for Ednaston village. There will be plenty of signposts on the day.

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