OPEN GARDEN

Open garden in aid of

The Friends of the Roman Road and Fleam Dyke

is scheduled for the afternoon of 12 June 2022, at Freshfield, Cardinal’s Green, Horseheath CB21 4QX

Rosemarie and Alan Parks are hosting an Open Garden at their home in Horseheath on 12 June 2022, from 2.00pm to 6.00 pm.  Their plot is more of a nature reserve than a formal English garden as they encourage native wild flowers to flourish where one would expect to see a manicured lawn.  In midsummer there is a sward of Birdsfoot Trefoil and Ox-eye Daisies interspersed with native orchids – with perhaps an early Common Centaury, Ragged Robin, Scabious species and much more to attract pollinators. 

Meadow Brown is almost certain to be seen but also look out for Common Blue, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Brimstone, Speckled Wood and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies.  There will be lots of bee and hoverfly species too. Water lilies and Water Crowfoot will be in flower in the pond and Marsh Orchids, Yellow Flag Iris, reeds and other marginals along the banks.  Dragonflies and Damselflies abound.  Common and Great Crested Newts thrive, and Moorhens always rear a clutch or two.

For the specialist there is a rock garden planted with dozens of Alpine species of Britain and Northern Europe including the Fleam Dyke favourites, Rock Rose and Wild Thyme.

Bumble bee on Greater Knapweed