Nether Edge Open Gardens - 24 June 2018

Click here for a full list of the gardens open this year.

Marion Rout writes...

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 sunshie 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 seen before in my garden. The rhododendrons, azaleas, camelias and magnolias and now the viburnums and laburnams have all preformed 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 miderable weather early this year but as thoughts turn to preparing for the annual Garden Open on June 24th I feel a little anxious abour what will be on show at the 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 range of interests. Not surprisingly for the area, most are on sloping sites and feature fine specimin 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 her but you will notice that charity donations are welcome. Indeed, the 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 that the sun shines...