Ann Pearce, Halifax - My Yorkshire Garden
PUBLISHED: 00:14 25 September 2013
This garden in West Yorkshire is created with love and imagination
It’s no understatement when friends say Ann Pearce lives for her garden. Her inspiration is her mother who, in her eighties, was still winning prizes for her gardens back in Ireland.
Ann, 88, loves spring when the fruits of her labour start to bloom. Apart from the lawns mown by her grandson, she does everything herself, designing, planting and weeding to create a mass of colour in the beautiful herbaceous borders.
She combines her frequent visits to antique fairs with her love of growing flowers and often arrives home with another interesting vessel to fill with plants and position in the garden. She will fill them full of seasonal plants to colour and brighten up the garden on the dullest day. For example there is an old mining cart filled with a mass of pansies, a stone shire horse pulling a cart of flowers, she has antique statutory, quirky gnomes holding sacks of lavender, rustic iron skillets (old cooking pots) planted with every colour of geranium reminiscent of old Ireland as well as hanging troughs and urns.
Paths lead around the garden to a well, now planted with trailing lobelia and red geraniums. Ann’s latest creation is a converted garage which now houses beautiful old wicker furniture, a space for relaxation with spectacular views across Halifax, on a clear day of Derbyshire.
Ann says her home and garden that she and her late husband Fred have created is all made possible by love and imagination.
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