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The Dorothy Clive Garden is now open every weekend during February and March 2014 (4th February 2014)

The Dorothy Clive Garden - an independent Charitable Garden Trust - will be opening exclusively on all weekends during February and March 2014 from 10.00am until 4.00pm at the special discounted fundraising price of £3.50 per person. Children between 0-4 are admitted for free and 5-17s are admitted at £2.00.

Visitors will be able to delight in the intimate and informal gardens set amidst glorious countryside and enjoy the early flowering shrubs such as Hamamelis (witch hazel), Helleborus niger (Christmas rose), Viburnum x bodnantense, Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’, evergreens and snowdrops.

Curator, Marcus Chilton-Jones, said, ‘We are pleased to open the garden again for weekends enabling visitors and members to delight in the emerging spring bulbs and to view the many improvements we have implemented over the closed period. We are in the process of clearing for a new Winter Garden for 2015, to be used for the enjoyment and benefit of the public, and which will support our charitable objectives of continuing horticultural education.’

The Dorothy Clive Garden will also be hosting a special fundraising event for families on Sunday 16th February celebrating ‘feathered friends’ during National Nest Box Week. The event, ‘#BuildaBroodaHome’ which will take place between 12noon and 4pm will also be attended by representatives from the British Trust for Ornithology, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB and the Battlefield Falconry Centre. These groups will be providing various talks and activities for children which demonstrate how to encourage bird life in the garden, plus showcasing birds of prey!

The event itinerary will be as follows:

Build your own nest box to take home from 12noon to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 4pm taking place in the outdoor classroom; follow a guided nest trail around the garden from 1.30pm – meeting point outside the garden pavilion; make bird apple feeders to take home 12.30pm to 2pm & 3.00pm to 4pm; take part in a bird trail and quiz all day; enjoy a talk from the BTO ‘Gardening for birds and other wildlife’ at 2.00pm in the Garden Pavilion; meet Birds of Prey all day on the Garden Paddocks.

The garden tearoom, which is situated in the heart of the garden, will be open and visitors will be able to purchase a selection of delicious seasonal soups, stews and homemade scones. Hot and cold drinks will be available to purchase.

The 12 acre garden, initially conceived by Colonel Harry Clive for the love for his wife Dorothy, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and has evolved continually since 1940 and hosts a huge variety of trees, shrubs, bulbs, plants, perennials and climbers.

The official season for the Dorothy Clive Garden starts from 1st April until 30th September 2013. The garden will then be open seven days a week from 10.00am to 5.30pm and the garden tearoom will be open from 11.00am to 5.00pm daily.

If you would like further information, please visit the website www.dorothyclivegarden.co.uk, or contact the office on 01630 647237 or alternatively email: info@dorothyclivegarden.co.uk.