Local gardens open for visitors

May 26 2016

Local gardens open for visitors

THE annual Open Gardens month kicks off in Westbury Park on Sunday June 12.

Greenfingered enthusiasts have been frantically snipping, deadheading, and mowing lawns to make their private green space look at its most lovely for visitors.

Open Gardens is a unique opportunity to see the rich diversity of local gardens on display, large and small, and to have a nosy behind the front door.

Around 20 gardens are open in Westbury Park, making it a family-friendly stroll with refreshments available on route.

Organiser, Paul Thomas, has a small compact garden with lots of features on the walls to add interest.

Paul said: “There are a large selection of pots with plants and a pond with goldfish and if you are lucky you might see the frogs.

The pond should be relined just before Open Gardens. “Around the lawn there are bedding plants designed to bring colour during the summer.”

There is also Community Garden Party in the grounds of St Albans Church, as part of the Westbury Park Festival, and Bayswater Avenue is closed for extra play space.

Visitors can enjoy a cream tea, visit the stalls, listen to some music or just relax in the gardens or tranquillity of the church.

Programmes containing a full list of gardens participating in Westbury Park Open Gardens are available from Barry Toogood Flowers and 27 St Albans Road.

Bishopston Gardening Group will be hosting their Open Gardens Day the following Sunday, June 19, from 25pm.

This year up to 10 gardens, including a ‘guerilla garden’ will be open, including some not previously seen.

All profits go to charity and this year they are supporting the Golden Hill Community Garden and a refugee charity.

Teas will be on sale and a plant stall will be at 3 Logan Rd. Several of the gardens are located in Egerton Rd, with others in Berkeley Rd, Dulverton and Wentworth Rd.

A full list will be displayed on posters in the area two weeks before the event and tickets can be purchased for a small price at any of the gardens.

Other events in the area are Redland & Cotham Amenity Society Open Gardens on Sunday June 12 (members only, £10 to join), and Henleaze Open Gardens, on June 26, also members only, £5-7.50 to join.