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Secret garden of magical delights awaits

A spectacular garden will take visitors on a magical journey of fun and sensory delight this summer.
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Little Myles will once again be opening its stunning three acre landscaped garden in Stondon Massey to the public from 11am to 4pm on Sunday June 28th to raise funds for Saint Francis Hospice.

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Judy and Adrian Cowan have lovingly created the themed garden over more than 40 years and it now includes an Asian, slate and Italian garden, along with a coastal area complete with beach huts, deck chairs and seagulls.

The couple are also looking forward to sharing their latest project The Jungle, which is an area planted with exotic plants such as cannas, a banana tree and rice paper plant. 

It also features ceramic monkeys, a parrot and a giraffe, along with a mesh wire elephant.
"It is a magical garden," said Judy, 64 (pictured hiding behind one of the many bushes in the garden).

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"I love sharing the garden and its atmosphere and I hope that people will come along and get something of its atmosphere as well. The garden is always changing. Even if people came last year it will look different this year." 

Another labour of love has been the garden's new experimental Prairie Border, which is jam packed with North American prairie perennials and Judy says they will add a vibrant splash of colour through the summer until the autumn.

Judy's creative talents are boundless and she has made all the ceramic animals, statues and figures positioned around the garden. 

And she says there are many nooks and crannies which make it perfect for children to explore and learn about nature. 

"We really want children to come along to learn and respect nature," said the grandmother.They will have great fun exploring the garden and finding all the different animals."

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This year she has put together an exciting exploration challenge sheet and a map of the different areas to entertain youngsters.

Visitors will even have the chance to treat themselves to a variety of delicious homemade cakes while they sit back and soak up the atmosphere of the tranquil retreat. 

There will also be a selection of potted plants for sale along with the chance to win some fantastic raffle prizes. 

Judy and Adrian will reopen their garden the following Sunday for the National Garden Scheme and money raised from the raffle and plant sales on the day will also go to the hospice.

Entry costs £3.50 for adults and £1 for children.  Little Myles can be found in Ongar Road, Stondon Massey, Brentwood, CM15 0LD.