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Amateur gardener turns back garden into tourist attraction

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An amateur gardener from Cheshire has proved you don't have to be an expert in garden spaces to make a beautiful display, with a flower-filled garden attracting hundreds of visitors, dailymail.co.uk reports.

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An amateur gardener from Cheshire has proved you don't have to be an expert in garden spaces to make a beautiful display, with a flower-filled garden attracting hundreds of visitors, dailymail.co.uk reports. A total of 835 people have visited the stately home of Geoff Hoyle, 60, who has planted more than 150 varieties of dahlias in his back garden. As well as dahlias, the grandfather-of-one has also decorated the garden, which is open to the public under the National Garden scheme, with salvias, sweet peas and climbing clematis. Retired IT manager Geoff said: "The weather this summer has been awful, the main problem has been the lack of daylight, it's been very gloomy." "On the other hand, I haven't had to worry too much about watering them, luckily dahlias like a lot of rain." Mr Hoyle developed his love for dahlias from his father Jim, who taught him how to care for them when he was a boy, according to northnews.co.uk. When asked what prompted him to make his garden public, which he did four years ago, Mr Hoyle said he thought it was a shame that only 'eight or nine people' have seen his garden. He also said making it public prompted him to make it even better. There are currently 3,700 gardens open to the public under the National Garden scheme. Mr Hoyle's garden can be viewed by appointment until mid-September.

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Samantha Bartlett

5th September 2012