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Nicola Findlay

Blooming marvellous Lanarkshire garden set to grow funds for cancer charity

A blooming spectacular garden is set to grow vital funds for a leading cancer charity among others.

Braehead House in Thorntonhall near East Kilbride is owned by Karin and Walter Hecht and they are opening their garden on Sunday, July 24 from 2-5pm.

The event is part of the Scotland's Gardens scheme, with a selection of gardens across the country being opened to raise much-needed funds for a variety of charities.

On top of designated charities - including Maggie's and horticulture charity, Perennial - participants can nominate one and Walter and Karin decided on Macmillan Cancer Support.

The original part of Braehead House was built in 1775 with the main Georgian part completed in 1830.

Walter told Lanarkshire Live : "We have nurtured and developed the garden for 40 years, which has resulted in the well-stocked, largely woodland garden of today, shielded by a dense circle of trees.

The couple have spent 40 years developing the garden of their historic home (EAST KILBRIDE NEWS)

"The large rockeries and woodland beds ranging in colours of white through to blues, lavenders and pinks to burgundies and gold, are rich in varieties of hostas, meconopses, peonies and various shrubs.

"They all grow under a canopy of walnut, copper beach and acers.

"By midsummer the garden is ablaze with agapanthus, pelargoniums and fuchsias of every shape, hue and form, with many more to see in the greenhouse."

Walter and Karin Hecht are opening their garden for charity (EAST KILBRIDE NEWS)

He added: "The garden really is now quite something to see and we can't wait to let others enjoy it while raising cash for such great causes. We hope as many people as possible can come along.

"We have held wee informal days for friends and family in the past but thought, we do all this work so why not try and raise some cash for worthwhile causes while we are at it.

"I'm not going to lie, it's been hard work getting it ready but will hopefully been worth it.

Green-fingered Karin makes sure the garden is in full bloom (EAST KILBRIDE NEWS)

"As well as Macmillan, another four charities will also benefit.

"Macmillan themselves have been really supportive, giving us posters and banners and other bits and pieces."

Kirsteen Plop, Relationship Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland, said: “Thank you so much to Karin and Walter for choosing Macmillan, what a lovely way to raise funds for us in sharing their garden.

"I’m sure their day will be a huge success and the funds will go a long way in helping us do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.”

Admission is £6, children are free. Teas will be served and there will be a good selection of plants for sale.

Thorntonhall is signposted off the A727 between Busby, Carmunnock and A726 East Kilbride orbital.

Locally, follow Peel Road then turn onto Braehead Road and it is the second last house on Braehead Road.

For more information on open gardens go to Scotland's Garden's website.

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