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Beautiful Gardens of Bedfordshire (Part 6)

Discovering beautiful gardens in the local area.


Welcome to our latest instalment of beautiful gardens. In November we were kindly invited to visit Margaret Dilley’s delightful garden in Upper Stondon. We were treated to a guided tour and whilst we captured photographs Margaret described her love for her garden and her collection of fuchsias.



“I am 87 years old and love my garden. I have lived in my house for 54 years. I love my garden, especially my fuchsias. I used to show them at Henlow Village shows. I worked as a caretaker at Stondon School for 29 years and I loved doing that as well.”



During our tour we spotted some miniature houses and also a dismantled miniature castle, and it was interesting to discover that these are actually from the same collection which we featured in December’s magazine, found at Shirley & David’s garden in Mayfield Crescent, Lower Stondon.



We promised Margaret that we would return in the late spring / early summer to photograph her beautiful garden again when it is in full bloom, we also agreed to attempt to reconstruct the castle. We will keep you up to date on our progress.



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