TORRENTIAL rain meant the open day at an award-winning garden had to be cancelled last year.
So Carol Puszkiewicz has her fingers crossed that this year will be sunnier.
Carol and her husband Andy aim to open their garden in Outlane as part of the National Garden Scheme later this month and in July.
The scheme involves spectacular gardens opening country-wide to raise money for charity.
Carol and Andy provide a stunning example of a garden at their home in Prospect Place, off Gosport Lane.
They won the Examiner Garden of the Year competition in 2007 and are hopeful the June and July weekends will be kinder to them than last year.
Carol said: “Hopefully this year will be different and at the moment we are enjoying some nice sunny weather.
“I am keeping my fingers crossed that this year will be rain free as every year I’ve opened it has rained and this will be my eighth attempt.”
The National Garden Scheme supports a number of charities such as Macmillan Cancer and Marie Curie as well as gardening causes such as the Perennial Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society and National Trust gardening careerships.
Visitors to Andy and Carol will see a one-acre long, intimate garden that’s almost 1,000ft above sea level, which proves a challenge in finding plants that grow in such a tough environment.
Gravel paths lead to herbaceous borders and a pond area. There’s also a secret garden with a chamomile lawn surrounded by white flowers and scented plants.
Plus there’s wooded paths to a summerhouse with views over the meadow.
People can view the garden on Sunday, June 23, from noon – 5pm and again on Friday July 5 from 6pm-8pm.
Admission for adults is £2.50 and children under 16 are free. The address is 2 Prospect Place, Outlane, Huddersfield, HD3 3FL.
Visit www.ngs.org.uk for more details about the open weekend scheme.