Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Our 2015 Open Gardens Event
|Saturday's weather forecast proved correct, but still the garden enthusiasts came!|
Despite a dire weather forecast for the Saturday morning, true garden enthusiasts were undeterred and we welcomed around 350 visitors to Ashton Open Gardens on its first day. The weather on the Sunday was decidedly better and a further 500 or so people came to view the 24 varied and colourful gardens open this year.
As always, our visitors came not only from nearby towns and villages, but also from more distant counties such as Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Nottinghamshire. Many international visitors, holidaying in the UK, also joined us; we met old friends and made many new ones.
The success of our annual event is due to the many people who make this it possible: our garden owners, our catering team, our stewards and all the many helpers on the day. Without them, Ashton Open Gardens simply wouldn't happen.
Some feedback from visitors to our 2015 event:
" We loved it all - came for the day last year but stayed the whole weekend this time!"
"The owners of the gardens were both welcoming and knowledgeable"
"Beautiful gardens and interesting history"
"Friendly villagers, delicious cake and a wonderful variety of gardens"
"What England does best, including teas, even in the rain! We much enjoyed our visit"
"Fred Archer exhibition in the church was very interesting"
"The large number of gardens provided many different styles and sizes, and a great variety of plants"
"Well-organised car parking; easy access to tea, coffee and toilets"
"Very welcome bus service up and down the village"
Photographs by Jo Brown, David Hunter and Jeremy King