Exclusive tour of Knoll gardens will raise funds for the RNLI
ACCLAIMED plants man and nursery owner Neil Lucas is offering an exclusive tour of his Knoll Gardens Nursery in Wimborne on Friday 20th September.
The event which is organised as part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)'s Open Garden Scheme will raise funds for the lifesaving charity.
Known internationally for its ornamental grasses, Knoll Gardens is also home to an equally exciting collection of woody plants. These rare and unusual trees and shrubs have come from all over the world to form a marvellous mini arboretum through which Knoll's modern collection of grasses and free-flowering perennials weave their tapestry of scent and colour. Garden lovers will find a treat around every corner, and Knoll's naturalistic style makes it equally inspiring for non-gardeners in search of dramatic focal points or quiet places of contemplation.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to browse in the Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winning nursery. In the last ten years that Neil has exhibited at Chelsea he has never failed to come away with a gold medal.
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Ticket sales from the event will go towards the lifesaving work of the RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards.
Christina Scanlan, RNLI Volunteer Open Gardens Coordinator says: "This is a wonderful opportunity to visit Knoll Gardens under the expert guide of its owner Neil Lucas. We are very grateful to Neil for offering RNLI supporters the chance to spend some time in this lovely garden with its creator. The charity's Open Gardens scheme allows people to enjoy a splendid day out while providing funds for the RNLI, and that's crucial to a charity that does not receive any government funding.
The event falls just as the seasons are changing and visitors will be able to enjoy the autumnal colours. As summer flowers fade, grasses really come into their own providing late season interest with their variations in colour, structure and movement. At Knoll they can be seen at their best and in combination with other interesting plants."
Tickets cost £10 which includes the guided tour, a full colour catalogue, tea, coffee and cake. For more information and to book tickets, email Selina_taylor@rnli.org.uk or telephone Geoff Haywood on 01202 888194