This year ‘Open Gardens’ commences in May and lots of lovely new gardens have been added to the event. So there's plenty of opportunity to enjoy a wonderful day out, whilst at the same time helping to raise funds which help Farleigh Hospice carry on caring for local families affected by life limiting illnesses.
The money raised through this year’s ‘Open Gardens’ event will be transformed into high quality specialist care which makes a real difference to local families. Last year raised nearly £20,000 through people opening their own garden or viewing other people's. With the continued support of local community members we are hoping that this year’s event will be even more successful!
Sunday 19th May, 11am – 5pm
Sandon Village and Parish
An Open Gardens Day in the Parish of Sandon (situated 1 mile west of Danbury, Essex) will provide at least 16 gardens of various sizes and styles to view in a traditional Essex countryside setting. Lunches, cream teas and cakes will be served. Additional attractions will include a vintage/classic car display, a barbecue, craft sales and plant sales. Free taxi buses will go around the route continuously.
At 3pm the Chelmsford Morris Dancers will be performing outside the Crown Public House. Admission by programme, £5 per person (children under 16 free) available from Farleigh Hospice, Meacock & Jones, Estate Agents, Eves Corner, Danbury 01245 222856, Chris & Coral Mann 01245 472504
Sunday 2nd June, 2pm – 5pm
Open Gardens in the village of Great Baddow, close to the city of Chelmsford will have several new gardens open this year. Admission by programme £3.50 (under 16 free) available from Farleigh Hospice, Farleigh Hospice shops in Moulsham Street, Gloucester Avenue and Galleywood.
Sunday 9th June, 10:30am – 5pm (14th Year)
Danbury and Little Baddow
Over 20 gardens of various styles and sizes will be open including new gardens whose owners have kindly agreed to participate. Added attractions include classic cars, plants, books and craft stalls. Home made lunches, cream teas and cakes will be served. Taxi bus will provide free transport.
Admission by programme £5 (children under 16 free) available from Farleigh Hospice, Meacock and Jones – Estate Agents, Eves Corner, Danbury. Contact Margaret Axon 01245 222674 or Cliff and Jan Hazell 01245 225451.
Sunday 9th June, 11am – 6pm (some gardens 2pm - 6pm only)
Another chance to visit a selection of the delightful hidden gardens of Witham. Visitors will be able to discover all kinds of gardens ranging in style from a ‘small cottage’ to ‘large formal’. Included this year are a church garden and the Town Council’s ‘period garden’ plus a chance to visit the Cut Throat Lane allotments as well.
There will be plants for sale and an exciting array of refreshments at several venues.
Admission by programme only but valid for all gardens – cost £5 per visitor (children under 16 accompanied by an adult free), available in advance from Witham Tourist Information Centre (01376 502674), and Fenn Wright Estate Agents, Newland Street (01376 516464).
For more information contact Annie Northfield on 01376 517527 or email email@example.com.
Proceeds to be shared between Witham in Bloom and Farleigh Hospice.
Sunday 16th June, 2pm - 6pm
Terling & Fairstead
Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the rural tranquillity of this lovely, unspoilt corner of Essex, whilst receiving a warm welcome from the owners of several of the gardens to be found in the small historic villages of Terling and Fairstead. From the petit chic and perfectly formed to something rather more akin to parkland; from traditional border style to the rather more eclectic wilder side we offer something for all tastes.
The day's events will commence with a heartening and uplifting Quarter Peal rendition of Church Bells from the bells and tower of All Saints Church. This will be followed by pupils from years 2 and 3 of Terling C of E Primary School singing delightfully for guests from around 3pm. Years 1 and 2 will then perform their 'Strictly Come Country Dancing skills. A selection of classic and antique cars and tractors will be displayed throughout the afternoon plus there will be a floristry demonstration from 2pm - 4pm at Meriden, New Road. There will also be good local food including a BBQ from 4pm at Terling Fields and tea and cakes available to purchase on Church Green, as well as plant sales in most of the gardens. Please join us for a really special day out in the country. There will be car parking available at Bromwell Leaze, adjacent to All Saints Church.
Admission by programme £5 (children under 16 free) from Farleigh Hospice or at the car park and participating gardens on the day. Alternatively, contact Paul Harrison 01245 233473 email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June, 11am - 5pm
Over twenty gardens will be open, from small courtyard gardens to larger gardens, from community gardens to gardens as yet unseen by the public. Most gardens are within walking distance of the village. Many of the gardens will be serving refreshments and The Lighthouse Coffee Shop will be open all day for drinks and snacks.
Admission of £4 by programme available from The Lighthouse, 55a East Street, Tollesbury or in the square on the day.
Proceeds to be shared between Farleigh Hospice and First Responders.
Sunday 23rd June, 10am - 6pm
Mill End, Bradwell-on-Sea
Up to 6 widely differing gardens. All located within easy walking distance of each other. They vary from the very small and beautifully designed to traditional cottage style, large and wildlife friendly, with flower, shrub and vegetable beds, woods and ponds – in fact something for everyone.
Refreshments, plant sales, toilets and disabled access all available. Admission £4 on the day (children free) – map and garden descriptions will be provided.
Sunday 23rd June, 11am – 5pm
Several new gardens including the allotments and, for the first time, the New London Road Cemetery will be open. Guided tours will showcase not only the many memorials to leading figures including a stone in memory of Joseph (Freeman), once a slave in New Orleans who escaped and came to Chelmsford, but also the interesting and rare flora.
Admission by programme £5 (under 16 free) available from Farleigh Hospice, Farleigh Hospice shops in Moulsham Street.
Sunday 30th June – 2pm - 5pm
Whitelilies, Ramsden Heath CM11 1JS
By kind permission of Mr & Mrs Beadle
South into Downham Road off B1007 Chelmsford - Billericay Road. Follow to T-junction and house is opposite.
17th century house set in a beautiful five acre garden. Extensive lawns and flower beds.
A tranquil setting for the many interesting features including a Japanese Tea House by the pond, specie trees; herbaceous, shrub, bog and vegetable gardens.
Sunday 7th July, 11am – 5pm
Once again there will be a good selection of gardens of various styles and an allotment open. Refreshments, plants and cakes will be available. There will also be an opportunity to visit St Michael and All Angel’s Church, a Victorian church on the common where refreshments will be served between 2pm and 5.30pm.
In celebration, the Galleywood Heritage Centre and grounds will be open from 10am – 5pm, showcasing the Centre’s archives and achievements. Refreshments will be available from the Tea Room.
Car park and toilets will be available on the day.
New this year - Craft and Produce Show in Keene Hall CM2 8PT - further details available on the Farleigh Hospice website www.farleighhospice.org.
Admission by programme £3.50 (children under 16 free) available from Farleigh Hospice, Farleigh Hospice shop 49 Watchouse Road, Top Ten Hairdressers, The Street (Tuesday – Friday), St Michael’s Church and the Parish Council office (open 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday 01245 358898).
Wickham Place Farm Garden, Station Road, Wickham Bishops, Near Witham CM8 3JB
26th April and Fridays only during May, June, July and September, 11am – 4pm
The garden is renowned for huge wisterias, one covers an entire wall of 250ft and flowers in May. The 2 acre walled garden with climbers and roses cascade into wide borders bursting with shrubs, perennials and bulbs.
A further 12 acres of woodland walks are part planted with rabbit resistant plants, carpets of Spring bluebells, Summer ferns and Autumn cyclamen. An intricate boxknot garden and a large wildlife pond are adjacent to the large car park. There is a good selection of unusual plants for sale. Teas, cold drinks and cakes are available all day.
Admission £4.00 (children under 16 free).
Coach parties/groups (minimum 10 persons) by appointment any day/any time, with proceeds to Farleigh Hospice.
Visit www.wickhamplacefarm.co.uk phone 01621 891282 or email email@example.com
As well as visiting gardens in and around your area, why not consider opening your own garden to the public? Whether it’s small or large, modest or grand, if you are proud of your garden, holding an open day is the perfect way to share your love of gardening and support your local hospice at the same time. Perhaps you could link up with others in your area and create a fun day out for visitors to enjoy.