Open Gardens in Melton and Tilton-on-the-Hill this weekend

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The local Open Gardens season begins in earnest this weekend with a double header for the green fingered.

Tresilian House, at 67 Dalby Road, in Melton, opens to the public on Sunday from 11am until 4pm, as part of the National Gardens Scheme and prides it,self as a quiet oasis.

The three-quarter garden was re-established by its current owner between 2009 and 2012 and features blue cedar trees and tulip tree as well as a bog garden, pond and vegetable plot.

Admission is £2.50, and free for children, and cream teas and ploughman’s lunches will be served up.

Hedgehog Hall, at Tilton-on-the-Hill will be on display for two days over the bank holiday weekend, opening from 11am to 5pm on Sunday and Monday.

It’s billed as an organically managed half-acre plant lover’s garden with three stone-walled terraced borders filed with shrubs, perennials and bulbs.

There is also a lavender walk, herb border, sheltered courtyard with hostas and acers, as well as a new patio at the top of the terrace, overlooking the valley. Admission here is £3, and free for children.