Finding peace with Parkinson’s
Ten years ago National Garden Scheme Assistant County Organiser for Staffordshire, Alison Jordan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Realising that the steep garden at the house she lived in would be difficult for her to maintain she and husband Peter found a bungalow with what was little more than a field and started to develop the space.
Over the years the couple have created a tranquil haven, full of varied and interesting planting and plenty of places for Alison to rest. “It may not be the biggest garden you’ve ever been in, and it won’t have the most unusual plants, but it’s fantastic for me, I love it,” says Alison. Join her now and discover how her garden in Stafford is helping her cope with Parkinson’s.
A closer look …
A suburban garden created over the last eight years with all year round interest. In spring bulbs and stunning azaleas and rhododendrons throw off the dark days of winter and from June onward there are perennials and grasses in abundance. A little wildlife pond, greenhouse and sculptures make this a wonderful place to visit. It’s a garden that shows that being diagnosed with Parkinson’s needn’t stop you creating a peaceful place to sit and enjoy.
When the current restrictions are lifted why not find the time to visit Alison and Peter either in the evening to enjoy a glass of wine while listening to live music or to indulge in fantastic cakes and afternoon tea. Click here to keep an eye on openings.
The National Garden Scheme has been supporting Parkinson’s UK since 2012, donating over £1 million in that time to help drive better care, treatments and quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s. In 2019, the National Garden Scheme donated £185,000. With all our gardens closed under the current COVID-19 restrictions there is no money being made at the garden gates and funding for our beneficiaries will likely be down by 80% this year.
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