Ashton under Hill Open Gardens


Our 2019 Open Gardens Weekend


  The Lost Words


The weather stayed kind to us throughout the weekend and we enjoyed another successful Ashton Open Gardens in 2019. Thanks to all our visitors, our garden owners, our organising committee and all of our myriad helpers for helping to create such an important and worthwhile community event. Ashton Open Gardens has a loyal following, and we are always grateful for everyone's support.

The theme of our 42nd annual Open Gardens Weekend in 2019 was taken from 'The Lost Words' - the beautiful book of poetry and pictures by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris. It seeks to bring back into use the words that the Oxford Junior Dictionary have taken out of their latest volume because they were not in regular use by children any more - words like bramble, kingfisher, otter, starling, raven, heron and willow. The book is hugely popular in schools and it's theme was explored and illustrated by a very creative exhibition of work by children from the local schools and some stunning flower displays by the team in St Barbara's Church. There was also a treasure hunt competition for children to find Lost Words in the village.

As usual, our guests came not only from local towns and villages, but also from throughout the UK and even the USA. They enjoyed browsing through a rich and varied selection of 25 village gardens, as well as another 10 'Open Front Gardens'. There were organ recitals in the church and a local choir 'Go Vocal' touring the village and singing in various gardens throughout the course of Sunday, plus of course the usual lunches, cream teas and other refreshment opportunities.






Photographs are displayed with kind permission of the photographers