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VIDEO - Roundhill gardens at 1 Belton Close, Brighton

By Steve Bustin National Garden Scheme (NGS) garden owner. Belton Close has only been on the map for five years (in fact it's yet to make it on to most maps) but despite this and the fact it's at the top of a hill and laid on top of builder's rubble, the garden at Number 1 already feels remarkably established and is full of colour and interest.

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Owners Steve and John were both completely new to gardening when they moved to the house in early 2004, originally as tenants so unable to do anything to the garden. They were then offered the chance to buy the property, so were able to start engaging with the garden in summer 2005, so the planting is now in its fourth year.

The garden (read more about this garden, review the plants list and see the garden map layout in the members' directory) contains a number of features of interest including a 15m mixed border, a productive greenhouse and raised vegetable beds, numerous pots and containers, a grasses bed, fruit bed, dahlia bed and hot border and a number of decorative and sculptural features.

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Favourite plants in the garden include a large Musa Basjoo banana, now at least 3m tall, sweet peas, dahlias, cannas, ferns and grasses.

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Steve and John say they're slightly overawed at being accepted into the NGS: "Over the last four years we have learned a lot and packed a lot in to a small garden. We're proud but slightly nervous about opening it for the NGS but hope that people will get as much pleasure from it as we do."

Video blog

Steve and John have kindly filmed a video blog for us. This will get updated as the season warms up and the plants begin to flourish! Keep watching this space for updates as we get them.

Opening times and location

This garden and two others nearby will be open to visitors on Saturday 10 July 2010, 11am-5pm. For more information please visit Roundhill Gardens site.