Ivor and Beryl Whittingham, have organised an Open Gardens Day with over 20 local gardens, including their own, open to the public from 11am to 5pm on Sunday 16th June.
Ivor and Beryl wished to organise a couple of events to raise funds for the Show, in addition to the traditional Show Presidents’ Evening (which will take place on July 20). The Open Gardens Day is the first of these, and will invite visitors to gardens of a variety of sizes and styles, including cottage gardens, intimate courtyard gardens, house frontages, large beautifully landscaped gardens, and allotments, with six gardens opening for the first time for this event.
Ivor and Beryl have loved doing open gardens at all their homes over the years, including taking part in last year’s “Up the Garden Path” event organised by Cllr Jill Kibble and the Tourism Committee, so an open gardens event for 2019 seemed a perfectly suitable event for their first Show Presidents’ fundraiser. With the changes made in all the gardens and half a dozen new gardens, visitors who enjoyed last year’s event will have plenty more to see this year too.
There will be teas and lots of homemade cakes available at both Mortimer Road and Montgomery Institute (£3 for tea and cake). Visitors can purchase a map from either of these two locations for £5, which will then give them entry to all the gardens.