Look at Mary's glorious garden

June 29 2018

THIS beautiful garden belongs to green-fingered Hanham resident Mary Tutaev.

Not only is Mary horticulturally gifted - she's also kind-hearted too and will be opening up her garden in aid of St Peter's Hospice.

Members of the public will be able to look round both her back and front gardens as well as quiz her for her top gardening tips.

Mary said: "I would describe it as a small garden but I don't know the exact size.

"As a carer for my elderly mum who is disabled, I garden if I have some free time or some help. It really is my sanctuary and helps ease the stress of caring.

"I love the fact that gardening takes your mind off stress and takes you to another place. I've always loved plants and flowers so for me it's all about perfume, colour and shape. I also love the fact that certain plants help attract wildlife so I get a lot of butterflies, bees and birds because I grow plants that will attract them.

"It's not a tidy, tidy garden; it's quite 'blousey' with a lot of plants that will attract bees in particular. I have lots of lavender, buddleia, various daises and blossom fruit like cherry, blackberry and strawberry. I tend to use soft colours like purples, pinks and whites."

Mary, who won best front garden in last year's Hanham Abbot's Parish Council's annual Parish in Bloom awards, ran a similar event twice last year, in June and July, which attracted gardeners and non gardeners alike. She also ran the event this June.

"Often people ask me questions and we swap tips while we're having tea and cake. It's quite a sociable event. Because the garden is quite small people tend to start chatting to each other quite soon."

Mary said she hopes to give people inspiration to create their own sanctuaries, particularly those with disabilities or difficulties moving.

"I have a joint mobility disability so I have to garden in a way that is undemanding, for example by using lots of pots, and so I hope to inspire other people who may have disabilities."

You can view Mary's garden on Sunday July 22, from 2-5pm at 3 The Barton, off Samuel White's Road. Entry is £3 or £5 with tea and cakes. All proceeds will go to St Peter's Hospice.