Open gardens event

Four very different hillside gardens within a short walk of each other will be opening on 31st May (5-8pm) and 1st June (2-6pm) for the National Garden Scheme (NGS). The gardens opening are: Coach House, The Hermitage, Westwood Park; 27 Horniman Drive; 28 Horniman Drive; and 53 Ringmore Rise.

• Discover a sculptor’s creative courtyard ‘container’ garden crammed with unusual plants and the artist’s sculptures and ceramics (for sale).
• A small SE-facing garden with borders of rich colours within formal outlines to complement a modern extension plus mini meadow and a tranquil vegetable garden with seating, greenhouse and compost area.
• A corner plot garden of inspired by Beth Chatto’s dry garden, with informal borders crammed with herbaceous plants and shrubs to suit a variety of conditions.
• A hilltop country garden in two sections with deep informal flower borders under mature trees, raised vegetable beds, a fruit cage, greenhouse, chickens, and wildlife areas to encourage interest and diversity.

There will also be a Story Hunt for children. After being given a sheet of pictures from modern and old classics, they then have to find the matching scene in the garden. There are different hunts for children of all ages from 3years upwards.

Combined admission: £7 (payable at 28 Horniman Drive). No charge for accompanied children. Please note that if parents just want to bring children to the Story Hunt garden the charge will be £3 for adults with children free. All money raised will again be donated to cancer and caring charities.

Plants available on both days. Garden ceramics and sculptures for sale at the Coach House. Refreshments available on Saturday evening. Tea and homemade cakes on Sunday.

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