In the small village of Woodhouse Eaves, not very far from Loughborough, and the nearby small town in which I live, is this delightful house called Long Close, behind which are some very attractive gardens that are open to the general public
The house dates from the 17th century or earlier but the garden was started in earnest by a Col. Heygate who, in the early 1930's purchased the whole of the Waterer's stand of rhododendrons and azaleas when the Royal Agricultural Show came to Leicester. He left his gardener to guard it overnight and collected it by horse and cart the next day! This formed the perimeter of the garden. After WWII George and Marian Johnson bought the property and planted many interesting trees and shrubs and then began to open the garden to the public in the 1950's. The present owners, Mr. J.T. Oakland and Miss P. Johnson, took over the care of the garden fifteen years ago and since then it has been regularly featured in the Press and on TV. They purchased the property in 2000.
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