Gardeners to open their gates to visitors

April 25 2013

A group of gardeners in Bishopston are opening their gardens to the public for the second time, after welcoming hundreds of visitors last year.

Gardeners to open their gates to visitors

A group of gardeners in Bishopston are opening their gardens to the public for the second time, after welcoming hundreds of visitors last year. Bishopston Open Gardens

Bishopston Garden Club’s first open day saw 300 people visiting members’ gardens, helping to raise £1,900 for the Friends of the University of
Bristol Botanic Gardens and Cystic Fibrosis charity.

This year the group  is opening seven or eight gardens in the area on May 19 and will be raising money to help fund planting schemes in Gloucester Road, an initiative begun by the Neighbourhood Partnership, which is entering the area in Bristol in Bloom and RHS Neighbourhood in Bloom competitions.

A spokesperson said: “We are working on several elements towards ‘greening’ our local high street, including hanging baskets, filling permanent planters which have been left empty, and generally adding vegetation anywhere we can.  This will support and encourage local businesses to take part in the competition for the best floral forecourt display.

“As much as possible, we will try to include good pollinating plants to attract bees and butterflies.  Everyone knows what a difficult time it has been for these creatures.”

The group has been inspired by the meadow-style planting used at the Olympic Park in London and projects in four British cities to create flower margins with indigenous species with single flowers that cover a long season to encourage biodiversity. 

Bishopston Garden Club grew out of a Neighbourhood Watch group around 13 years ago, with neighbours sharing plants, advice and taking part in activities, including trips.

Tickets to the open day will be on sale at the gardens, which will be welcoming visitors from 2-5pm. Plants will be on sale at 3 Logan Road and teas at 104 Egerton Road. Watch out for more details on posters in the area.