Gardens during lockdown
A couple who created ‘Britain’s best garden’ have outdone themselves with a spring spectacular bursting with color after spending lockdown tending to their oasis.
Retired medical doctor Tony Newton and his wife Marie have nestled 3,000 plants and flowers, including 450 azaleas, 120 Japanese maples and 15 blue star junipers into a one-quarter-acre plot of land.
The couple have spent 38 years transforming their modest yard in the industrial heartland of the Black Country into what is now nicknamed the “four seasons garden”.
Since they began self-isolating, the couple has continued to plant Acers and camellias thanks to online shopping.
Dazzling drone pictures show the garden in Walsall, West Midlands, exploding with pinks, reds, greens, and purples which the couple say is the most stunning display they have ever known.
Grandmother-of-four Marie, 72, started tending the garden in 1982 while working as a transport planner and a nurse while Tony, 70, joined her after he retired from medicine.
She said, “Tony and I usually spend two hours a day in the garden but obviously since the lockdown and the fact we are over 70 means we have even more time to spare.”