On Sunday, Stody Lodge Gardens opens its doors to the public for the last time this May. Visitors will be amazed by the riot of colour that continues within the gardens thanks to this year's late flowering season. Many rhododendrons are just beginning to open their petals, particularly the more unusual varieties in soft corals, yellows and dark reds. Most azaleas and some camellias are still in flower and stunning drifts of colourful petals line the woodland walk ways below earlier flowering species. The 2,000 azalea mollis plants continue to blaze in Stody's 2 acre Azalea Water Gardens with much dramatic colour and interest for horticulturalists and photographers alike.
The Animal Art Fair Sculpture Gardens continues with works by South African Bruce Little such as his stunning sculpture of a leopard, entitled 'Down to Earth' (depicted above.) Three of Tom Hiscocks' 'Queens Beasts' are on display, which have recently been exhibited at Blenheim Palace. And Jamie Wild's stunning Sail Fish and delightful Roe Deer, whose life like energy bely the cold steel they are made out of, continue to enjoy their floral home at Stody Lodge.
Entrance is £5 (cash or cheque), children under 12 free. Delicious homemade teas will be provided by Heritage House. Dogs on leads are welcome. There is ample free parking and a plant stall.