THE twin villages of Stottesdon and Chorley are having a blooming great couple of weeks.
On Monday, June 16 BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time records a programme at St Mary's Church, Stottesdon, while up to 14 gardens will be open to the public on June 21 and 22 in aid of the National Garden Scheme.
A week on Monday the celebrated panel of gardening experts will be tackling the questions put to them by local gardening enthusiasts, with Eric Robson in the chair and the team being made up of Chris Beardshaw, Bob Flowerdew and Bunny Guinness.
Hosted by Stottesdon & Chorley Open Gardens Committee, doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets cost £3 and are available from Cleobury Country Centre, Cleobury Mortimer, or the Shop at the Fighting Cocks, Stottesdon, or by calling Tina and David King 01746 718543.
On the June 21 and 22 weekend the garden opening hours are 11am to 6pm. Refreshments will be available throughout the day in Stottesdon and each village has a public house, or bring a picnic.
There is something for everyone, spacious country gardens, smaller ones with interesting features, rare and unusual plants and back garden smallholdings. The combined cost of entry is £5 for adults with children under 16 free, though the School Garden is free.
The villages are well sign-posted from the Bridgnorth-Cleobury Mortimer Road (B4363/B4201), the Bridgnorth–Ludlow Road [B4364] and the B4199 from Bewdley. For further information visit www.ngs.org.uk