Located in the small backyard of a family-owned property in Wallsall, England, the Four Seasons Garden is one of the most incredible looking gardens in the world. It may not be as large as other well-known gardens in England, but it certainly makes up for its size in beauty and charm. The most incredible aspect is that the gardeners who created and continue to maintain the gardens – Tony and Marie Newton – are completely self-taught.
20 years ago, the couple from West Midlands decided to transform their traditional garden into a stunning display of creative gardening. It started out as a hobby for the couple, but the garden slowly grew into one of the most popular suburban gardens in Britain.
Since they started their labor of love, the Newtons managed to squeeze over 3,000 plants into a small 180 x 55 ft space, creating a mind-blowing array of colors throughout the four yearly seasons. The Four Seasons Garden includes over 200 acers, 350 azaleas, a variety of conifers and shrubs, as well as exotic elements like tree ferns, palms, bamboos and banana plants.
But maintaining a beautiful garden like the Four Seasons is no easy task, especially with unpredictable weather like this year, but the Newtons go to great lengths to make sure their plants survive in any conditions. This year’s late frost was a big concern, so to protect the plant life Tony and Marie ended up using anything from specialist material like horticultural fleece to tablecloths and plastic bags. Their efforts paid off as they managed to save all their plants.
The Four Seasons Garden will be open to the public on Sunday, 23 September 2012, from 10am – 5pm. Admission is £3 for adults and all proceeds will be donated to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
In late September visitors can expect to have a taste of the tropics as they wander through the jungle with its palms, bamboos, bananas and exotic bird sounds.
For more incredible photos of the Four Seasons Garden throughout the year, and pics of how it came to be, check out the Flickr stream that Tony and Marie Newton set up. There are thousands of photos waiting to be discovered.