NETHER EDGE OPEN GARDENS – 24th June 2018
Well, our gardens have survived the wettest winter imaginable and the onslaught of the ‘Beast from the East’ with surprisingly few casualties and the few glorious days of sunshine in early May have enabled us to enjoy the sudden burst of growth and colour. And what a display! The cold late spring has resulted in an explosion of flowering that I’ve never before seen in my garden. The rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias and now the viburnums and laburnums have all performed spectacularly this year, to say nothing of the wisteria that threatens to invade the house with its exotic purple clusters and heady scent. It’s some compensation for the months of miserable weather early this year but, as thoughts turn to preparing for the annual Garden Open on June 24th I feel a little anxious about what will still be on show at that time.
For all the proud local gardeners who have offered again this year to ‘open up’ it’s a busy time making sure that the garden is looking its best. This year the thirteen gardens demonstrate a typical cross-section of Nether Edge gardens large and small, and gardeners with a whole range of interests. Not surprisingly for the area, most are on sloping sites and feature fine specimen trees both native and exotic. There are gardens planted for their displays of flowering plants and others that provide fruit and veg for their keen gardeners. All are fun, full of new ideas and well worth visiting.
There is no charge to visit the gardens featured here but you will notice that charity donations are welcome. Indeed, the event organisers are proud to have raised thousands of pounds for their chosen charities over the years. All venues will be identified by balloons and posters and free location maps will be available. Some will be providing teas and refreshments. Please note the different opening times and plan your day accordingly. Let's hope the sun shines. All I have to worry about now is that I don’t go out one morning to discover that my beloved hostas have been shredded over night by the slugs and snails!
Here’s a full list of the gardens open this year (addresses in bold) -
Sue Bolger 37 Montgomery Road 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Level access (including for wheelchair)
A garden full to the brim with masses of hardy perennials likely to include hardy geraniums, campanula, inula and much, much more. Many of the plants have been grown from cuttings etc from friends and family. Some plants for sale. Coffee/ tea. In aid of St Mary's esol classes.
Anne and Marc Brew 18 Moncrieffe Rd 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Access via steps - those with mobility difficulties, use back entrance from lane to gain decent vantage point of garden.
A large number of different kinds of vegetables grown in a modestly sized town garden. Light refreshments. Donations to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Paul Carnell and Lucy Kitto 41 Rupert Rd 12.00 – 4.00p.m. on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24
Open Garden plus Art, Clothes and Pottery sale. Open Saturday and Sunday
Designed as a productive garden with chickens, organic vegetables combined with cottage garden planting. Small pond and large greenhouse. Special focus on composting. Tea and cakes. Donations in aid of South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association and Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English
Helen Crimlisk 10 Crescent Rd 11.00a. – 3.00pm
Three steps into garden
A real family garden full of perennials – a bit of everything with a small vegetable plot, a pond and even a little meadow area.
Tea and cakes in the coach house. Donations in aid of Friends of Sheffield Music Service.
Natalie Glass 134 Psalter Lane 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Access (including for wheelchair) from Sandbeck Place (to rear of house).
An all-year-round, Victorian ribbon garden packed with interest. In mid-summer, many roses, a collection of phloxes, fruit trees and bushes and a wide variety of cottage plants. 2 wildlife ponds. Refreshments and a few plants for sale. Donations in aid of RSPCA Sheffield.
Richard Knowles 24A Montgomery Rd 2.00pm– 5.00pm
Level access to a good viewing point through the side gate.
Pretty woodland garden with a special focus on tree ferns and grasses. Donations for St Luke’s Hospice.
Alison and John Lapish 94 Union Rd 2:00pm – 5.00pm
Wonderful, large Edwardian garden with mature trees with woodland under-planting. The garden is divided into different areas which include raised veg beds, an orchard, a rose tunnel and herbaceous borders. Greenhouse and conservatory. Teas and maybe plants for sale. Donations in aid of Roundabout and Tools for self-reliance.
John and Maggie Little 1 Gainsborough Road 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Level access to good vantage point for those with mobility difficulties or in a wheelchair.
Medium-sized cottage-style garden with a vast range of shrubs, roses, herbaceous perennials, vegetables and fruit and a small pond. Light refreshments. Donations in aid of Friends of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Peter and Mary Machan 55 Kingfield Rd 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Level access to front garden and large rear patio area.
A plantsman’s garden featuring a spectacular collection of hostas. Steeply terraced for a mystery tour of all types of plants, ponds and water features. Fun for children with a trail featuring fairy houses, wizards and sculpture and a Peak District Rock and Fossil garden. Greenhouse with cacti and succulents. Few plants for sale. Refreshments. Donations in aid of Village Aid.
David and Gina Pierce. 96 Montgomery Road 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
A couple of steps down to a level garden from the rear patio. All the garden is visible from the patio.
A very well designed garden with a neat lawn, and herbaceous borders featuring an interesting collection of clipped conifers and a lovely pond. Small produce area and greenhouse. Remarkable summerhouse/pavilion the full width of the end of the garden. (Not open to visitors). Refreshments. Donations in aid of St Luke’s.
Sarah Ross 96 Union Rd 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Easy access to most of the garden.
A newly developed large Victorian garden with extensive mixed borders, a large rockery and woodland walks. There are beehives and some fruit and veg, and a pleached pear walk. Folk music from 2-3pm provided by The Peddlers with refreshments. Donations in aid of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Support Group.
Marion Rout 78 Kingfield Road. 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Level access to front garden and rear patio area before steps lead up to main garden area.
Large garden approximately ¾ acre originally designed for R. J. Stokes of Stokes Paints fame with a mixture of hard and soft landscaping, herbaceous borders, tree specimens and pond. Donations in aid of Medecins Sans Frontiers
Kate Turner 42 Edgehill Rd 11.00am – 3.00pm
A few (easy) steps to access the garden and similar within the garden; wheelchair access is possible through the house on request.
The garden is 20 years old and still evolving. The front garden has formal, landscaped box hedging. The rear garden is on two levels and has an original Victorian beech hedge, some beautiful acers and stunning Jacquemontii white birches. There is a wildlife pond, many flowering shrubs and an original fernery. Donatons in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
NETHER EDGE OPEN GARDENS – 11th June 2017
All venues were identified by balloons
Open Gardens is a regular event and it is your chance to see some of Nether Edge’s hidden treasures as local gardeners throw open their gates for the day
Look out for forthcoming events on this website or in your copy of the Edge magazine. If you would like to know more about getting involved and opening up your garden for a day, use this email to let us know. We'd love to hear from you !