June and July are fantastic months of the year for gardens, and this year there are a great many garden owners who have gone to the trouble of preparing and opening their garden to the public in the form of an open garden day. For just a few pounds donation to a worthy cause, you can have a delightful nose around a wonderfully tended garden and gain inspiration and ideas for your own garden (and usually a cup of tea and slice of cake too).
In the South Manchester area, we are spoiled for choice when it come to open garden days, with five local areas annually opening their garden gates to the public (although only four this year, as Didsbury is having a year off) and a number of National garden Scheme gardens, means that you have nearly a hundred gardens available to see over the early summer months. To help you decide where to go, I have put together this list with links. If you know of any more, please let me know.
Village open garden days
These are communities that get together and open a number of gardens, usually all within walking distance of each other. It is a great way for the village to come together and to showcase their gardens and community spaces and to raise some money for charity.
- Heatons Open Gardens
Sun 19th May 2013 between 12pm and 5pm
A total of 21 participating gardens, full of innovative and decorative ideas, will be opening their gates to the local community.
- Chorlton Open Gardens – Chorlton-cum-Hardy
Sunday June 23rd 2013 between 11am and 5pm
For just £5 you get entry to 26 gardens, yards and allotments. Nearly all gardeners are offering refreshments and several will have plants and pottery for sale.
- Wilmslow Wells for Africa Open Gardens Day – Wilmslow and Alderley Edge
Sunday 29th June 2013 between 11am and 4.30pm
£10 gets you access to 17 wonderful gardens across Wilmslow and Alderley Edge.
- Gatley Open Gardens – Gatley
Sunday 30th June 2013 between 11am and 5pm
£5 per adult. As part of Gatley Festival, enjoy local private gardens large and small, simple and ornate, perfected and work-in-progress. Teas, coffees and home-made cakes available.
- Didsbury Open Gardens – Didsbury
Not showing in 2013 to give the garden owners a break!
NGS open gardens 2013
The NGS is the National Gardens Scheme, which is a UK-wide organisation that “opening gardens of quality, character and interest to the public for charity”. There are over 4,000 gardens currently in the scheme, and we are lucky enough to have some excellent ones right here on our doorstep.
- Beechwood Cottage, Lymm
Sunday 28th July 2013 between 11am and 5pm
- 73 Hill Top Avenue, Cheadle Hulme
Sunday 30th June 2013 between 2pm and 6pm
- Well House, Wilmslow
Sunday 30th June 2013 between 12.30pm and 4.30pm
- Somerford, Knutsford
Sun 14th July and Sun 28th July between 12pm and 5pm
- 68 South Oak Lane, Wilmslow
Sat 13th July and Sun 14th July between 11pm and 4.30pm
- Brooke Cottage, Handforth
Sat 13th July and Sun 14th July between 12pm and 5pm
- Greenways, Alderley Edge
Sat 13th July and Sun 14th July between 2pm and 6pm
- Southlands, Stretford
Sat 13th July and Sun 14th July between 1pm and 6pm
- Brookfield, Flixton
Sun 21st July between 1pm and 5pm
For more information on the gardens, contact the relevant garden owners.