Didsbury Open Gardens

Didsbury Open Gardens

DIDSBURY OPEN GARDENS 2012

The 2012 Didsbury Open Gardens charity event will take place on Sunday 17th June 2012, 12 noon until 5.30pm (gates close).

The event will be offering another chance for gardening enthusiasts to view the creativity of some of the best private gardens in Manchester with over twenty gardens, normally lying tantalizingly unseen, expected to throw their gates open for charity. We hope you can make it to enjoy the gardens, live music and artist demonstrations, teas and cakes and not least the wonderful people you will meet on the day.

This will be a last chance to see some of the gardens for a couple of years, as the event will not be taking place in 2013, to give the gardeners a well earned rest!

We would therefore love to see a bumper number of visitors in June and will keep our fingers crossed for a warm sunny day for everyone to enjoy.

The organizers are keen to encourage new gardens to take part and to welcome even more visitors this year. “We try to include a real variety of gardens in the programme – everything from formal courtyard to Japanese, with several gardens also offering refreshments and plant sales as well as entertainment. Gardens with something a bit different, whether it’s the design or the plants, and whether small or large, are welcome. The range of styles, the novel designs and ideas and most of all the welcome from the garden hosts, together make the event such a success. Some of the gardens also open for the National Gardens Scheme.”

All proceeds will go to both local and national charities and good causes, including St Ann’s Hospice, and the Alzheimer’s Society. The programme price will remain at £5.00 for another year and will allow entry to all of the gardens. Programmes will go on sale in mid May at local shops and will be available on request by post.

See you in June 2012!

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The 2011 Didsbury Open Gardens charity event will take place on Sunday, June 12th, 12 noon until 5.30pm (gates close).

This year, there will be more than 25 gardens (including new gardens), exhibitions of mosaics, sculpture, woodcarving, live music, teas and cakes. Programmes go on sale from 3rd May at THE CHEESE HAMLET & DELIA's FLORIST in Didsbury Village and INMAN'S NEWSAGENTS on Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury. Programmes are priced at £5.00 and admit one person, with accompanied children under 12 having free entry.

The event will be offering another chance for gardening enthusiasts to view the creativity of some of the best private gardens in Manchester with over twenty gardens, normally lying tantalizingly unseen, expected to throw their gates open for charity. We hope you can make it to enjoy the gardens, live music and artist demonstrations, teas and cakes and not least the wonderful people you will meet on the day!

Peter Jordan, who has opened his gem of a cottage garden for the last two years said, “It was one of the best afternoons of the year. I opened with my neighbor Simon, and although our terraced gardens are tiny, visitors seemed amazed at how many plants we managed to pack in. I’m really looking forward to opening again.” Anne Britt, a local garden designer who also opens her garden added, “It can be nerve-wracking, willing the roses to open on time and praying my Allium Globemasters don’t flop over.”

The organizers are keen to encourage new gardens to take part and to welcome even more visitors this year. “We try to include a real variety of gardens in the programme – everything from formal courtyard to Japanese, with several gardens also offering refreshments and plant sales as well as entertainment. The standard is very good with several of our gardens opening for the National Gardens Scheme.”

All proceeds will go to selected Charities and the programme price will remain at £5 for another year and will allow entry to all of the gardens

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2010 Didsbury Open Gardens website is now live - www.didsburyopengardens.org

Check out the site for developing details about this Didsbury event which will take place on Sunday 13th June.

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DIDSBURY OPEN GARDENS 2009

A Little Bit About Didsbury Open Gardens

Ask people what they love about Didsbury and many will mention the botanical gardens at Fletcher Moss in their top ten. Young or old, amateur or professional gardener you can’t help but feel a sense of peace when you wander round the rock gardens no matter what time of year it is. Those with time to spare and with a keen interest in planting, or just wanting to help preserve the beauty of the gardens can also join ‘The Friends of Fletcher Moss’ and get more closely involved with the people who work in the gardens and visitors.

Ask most psychologists anywhere in the world and they’ll also agree that gardens are good for the body and the soul and can bring benefits for many people suffering from mental or physical illness or disability. In fact, you only have to look at the number of TV gardening programmes or visit a typical Garden Centre on a Sunday to know that this is a booming interest for millions around the UK. This might also explain the popularity of the Britain in Bloom competition which takes place every year across the country and in which Didsbury takes part each year – and won a number of medals last year.

So why do we do it, all that sweat and toil hour after hour? A good question and one perhaps hard to answer when you are still in the depths of Winter and it’s difficult to remember the scent of borders overflowing with masses of colour and the smell of freshly cut grass – aahhh!.

Didsbury Open Gardens

Distant memories these may be in mid- Winter, but not everyone can afford to sit on their laurels and in towns and villages across the country, amateur and professional gardeners alike, neighbours and friends, are preparing to open their gardens in aid of Charities and good causes. Ask them why they do it and they’ll say they are inspired by visits to famous gardens such as Hidcote, or by others who have gone before them and open their gardens through the National Garden Scheme.

For just as many, it’s the simple pleasure they get from flowers and from planting them to create something personal and unique to their garden and most of all, it’s the desire to share the garden experience with other gardeners and to talk about gardening to anyone who will listen.

Didsbury has a wealth of interesting houses and may have hidden gardens which are real gems. For the second time, on Sunday 8th June, a number of these will open to the public as part of ‘Didsbury Open Gardens’, in aid of St Ann’s Hospice. There’ll be a real variety of gardens to pop in and view, large and small, old and new, and ranging from courtyards to traditional cottage gardens, contemporary designer spaces to kitchen and wild flower oases. What the owners will all have in common is that they want to open their gardens for an afternoon to give pleasure to local people, to talk gardens and to raise money for charity.

The event is supported by Didsbury in Bloom, the Didsbury Community Association, Didsbury Civic Society and Didsbury Life. Tickets for the event will be limited and are sale now from Inmans (Lapwing Lane), The Cheese Hamlet & Delia's The Florist (Didsbury Village) and Fletcher Moss Cafe.

To lend your support and volunteer to open your garden, contact Didsbury Life or maria.stripling@zen.co.uk


Didsbury Open Gardens in brief: didsbury gardens • fletcher moss • courtyards to traditional cottage gardens • contemporary designer spaces • wildflowers • allotments • private woodland

Didsbury Open Gardens 2011
Didsbury Open Gardens 2011
Didsbury Open Gardens 2011