TV star to open her garden for public

A FAMOUS face from the Antiques Roadshow and her military husband have decided to open their treasured garden lovingly tendered over more than 40 years.

Dave Gooderham

A FAMOUS face from the Antiques Roadshow and her military husband have decided to open their treasured garden lovingly tendered over more than 40 years.

Major Iain Grahame and Bunny Campione will show off their 100 different roses and unusual trees and shrubs at their home in Lamarsh, near Sudbury, next month .

Among the attractions will be a wildflower meadow, established in 1996 and boasting butterflies, day-flying moths and other insects, and a sanctuary, home to a number of different ducks and a small flock of Red-breasted geese.


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Money from the event will go towards the educational and conservation charity, The Daws Hall Trust, run by the couple, and the village church.

Major Grahame said: “I have decided to open the gardens for two reasons - to try and get people interested in series gardening and give people a chance to see rare and interesting plants.

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“A number of local people have said in the past that we should open the gardens. I am very passionate about plants and I hope people will come and see our mainly old fashioned roses, of which there are about 100 different ones, and a number of unusual trees and shrubs.

“Money raised will benefit the Daws Hall Trust, the educational and conservation charity, and the local church. The trust is going well but like all charities, we always need more money.”

Visitors will also be able to see The Bee Room, an observation hive detailing the working life of a honeybee, and The Field Centre containing a fascinating display of some of the fauna and flora on the reserve.

Ms Campione, a well-known expert on one of BBC's longest running programmes, worked at Sotheby's for 23 years in furniture and then the collector's department, before becoming a consultant to Christie's and starting her own company, Campione Fine Art.

The gardens of Daws Hall will be open between noon and 4pm on June 15.

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