THOSE with extra long memories might recall a popular tune of long ago called Tulips from Amsterdam.

Well, now the Dutch are coming to Worcestershire to admire our flowers.

Because later this month a large coach party from Holland will be winding its way down the narrow country lanes west of Worcester en route to pretty Pear Tree Cottage in the parish of Wichenford, which is holding one of its regular open days as part of the National Garden Scheme.

And if the visitors can be persuaded to hang on a bit longer they will be able to take in one of the most remarkable local gardening events in the Midlands, when the village stages its biennial Gardens of Wichenford over the weekend of June 8-9. 

This is a horticultural extravaganza which sees more than 15 gardens open to the  public and has raised the best part of £200,000 for local charities since it began around 20 years ago.

“It never ceases to amaze us how many people come to see our garden out here,” said Pam Thompson, who lives at Pear Tree Cottage with husband Alistair.

“When we held our open day last year we had a coach party from Austria visiting us. It was the very first time a coach had ever been seen in our lane. This year we are open on Sunday, May 26 and have a coach party from Holland booked. I hope they find us.”

Pear Tree Cottage is just one of the properties which will also be taking part in The Gardens of Wichenford, an event which has exceeded all expectations since it began in the late Nineties.

For many years it was organised by local resident Alan Green, but he died four years ago and at its heart now is a steering group of eight.

Mrs Thompson explained: “In the various gardens, we will have on offer morning coffees, homemade afternoon teas and even full cooked lunches with a choice of five main courses. 

We also have a fully licensed bar in one garden and not many garden events can offer that.

“In our own garden, we are privileged to be hosting an amazing exhibition by the South Worcestershire Bonsai Society.  Of course, there will be other stalls with plants, books etc.

“Visitors can meet ‘Kevin’ the peacock in the gardens of Brook Court as well as explore Toad Hall. There will be many quirky features to be found among the gardens and to save people driving along the lanes there will be a map with shortcuts which can be walked on public footpaths.

“Visitors can also see our village church which dates back to before 1100. All of this will happen on Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9 and it’s only £5 for both days.”