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Retired couple are hiding an amazing secret behind their unassuming home

Mirror logo Mirror 14/05/2019 Martin Fricker

a house with trees in the background: Tony and Marie's home in Walsall © SWNS Tony and Marie's home in Walsall Put in two hours of work a day for 37 years, spend £15,000 and you too could have a garden as spectacular as this oasis in an industrial heartland.

Dedicated Tony and Marie Newton, both 71, have crammed 50 azaleas, 120 ­Japanese maples and 15 blue star junipers into a third of an acre.

a close up of a flower garden with Butchart Gardens in the background: The garden is the product of 37 years of work © SWNS The garden is the product of 37 years of work Gran-of-four Marie started tending the garden in 1982 after retiring as a transport planner.

The couple have won Britain’s Best Garden for the plot in Walsall, West Midlands. It is called “four seasons” because of its year-round appeal – and these stunning drone shots show why.

a person standing in front of a flower garden: Tony and Marie have planted virtually everything in the garden © SWNS Tony and Marie have planted virtually everything in the garden a close up of a flower garden with Butchart Gardens in the background: The stunning garden has all the colours of the rainbow © SWNS The stunning garden has all the colours of the rainbow

Marie said: “There are over 3,000 plants, so many I can’t even count.

“In autumn you see brilliant reds, oranges and yellows and in the spring the colours are equally as vivid.

“All but two of the plants have been planted by us.”

a person standing in front of a flower garden: The beautiful back yard is down to plenty of hard graft © SWNS The beautiful back yard is down to plenty of hard graft a close up of a flower garden with Butchart Gardens in the background: An aerial view of the incredible 'four seasons' garden © SWNS An aerial view of the incredible 'four seasons' garden

Their home is part of unofficial tourist trails in the Black Country.

a tree with pink flowers in a garden: The garden is so picturesque it attracts tourists from all over the world © SWNS The garden is so picturesque it attracts tourists from all over the world Marie added: “We’ve had more than 14,000 people from 48 different countries visit over the years.”

Retired GP Tony added: “At this time of year it is glorious.”

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