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The magical garden of one of the greatest children’s authors of the 20th century is to open for one day only.

Gipsy House and gardens

Gipsy House at Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire was home to writer Roald Dahl, who died in 1990 aged 74.

The garden’s secrets will be revealed on Sunday 18 September in aid of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

While Roald was famous for kids’ books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Big Friendly Giant, he was a keen gardener, too.

“The garden is full of delights and surprises, with a pleached lime walk leading to Roald’s iconic writing hut bordered by hostas, hellebores and alliums,” said a spokeswoman.

“There’s a walled kitchen garden with a mouth-watering collection of fruit and veg. In true Dahl style, visitors will find his mammoth onions and giant peaches, appropriate for the 50th celebrations of James and the Giant Peach, his first book.”

Gipsy caraval at Roald Dahl’s garden

Roald Dahl’s garden was featured briefly on an episode of BBC2’s Gardeners’ World last year. Go to www.roalddahlcharity.org for full details about the garden opening at Gipsy House.

  • Stephen Saunders

    This very photo of Roald Dahl’s gypsy wagon inspired me to build one myself as a romantic garden retreat. I put it on show at Chelsea last year with my friend Steve Myburgh and it can be seen at http://www.myburghdesigns.com