Putley Open Gardens Saturday May 11, 2019 11 noon until 5.30pm
Visitors can enjoy glorious gardens in the Herefordshire village of Putley on Saturday May 11 and there’s every chance they will find the place “pretty in pink.”
Year Five of Putley Open Gardens and our gardeners are already busy preparing for their visitors in the idyllic community near Ledbury. This year there are eight gardens adding to the variety which includes a garden laid out in the 1920s, by a chap named Capability (but not Brown) with its stunning rhododendrons and azaleas; a lovingly-tended cottage garden; a beautifully laid-out quarter-acre plot with themed borders; gardens with a proliferation of roses, wisteria and clematis and some with their “deliberate” wild corners with bluebells and cowslips. Putley is surrounded by orchards, so an additional treat may well be the sight of the cider apple trees covered in a marvellous mass of pink blossom.
The event attracts garden enthusiasts from far and wide and benefits from the happy coincidence of being held over the same weekend as the Malvern Spring Festival. “As in 2017 and, again, last year we were absolutely delighted to discover that many of our visitors were staying in the area for the Malvern Spring Festival and, as we are only a 25-minute drive away, they had added our Open Gardens to their itinerary. It’s a happy coincidence which we now enjoy” said organiser Tim Beaumont. “We’re hoping our fame is spreading”.
Visitors to Putley Open Gardens are also encouraged to explore delightfully-situated Putley Church. The carefully tended churchyard warrants a visit, with its (unique?) oak and teak War Memorial, a very fine medieval ll* Preaching Cross, recently restored with help from Historic England, specimen trees, the possibility of emerging wild flowers and entrancing views over the adjacent duck pond.
The gardens and church are accessible by well-marked footpaths through the orchards and pastures, providing a chance for visitors to experience Putley’s beautiful countryside, wild flowers and wildlife as well as the gardens themselves. However there is parking adjacent to all the gardens with, perhaps at most, a three minute walk.
The event is being held to support the upkeep of the Parish Hall and Church. Everything starts (and finishes) at Putley Parish Hall, HR8 2QN, where there is car parking, tickets, light lunches and teas from 12 noon, tombola and plant sales. Gardens are open from 11am until 5.30pm; entrance is £5.00 per person; children under 15 are free. Dogs are not allowed in the gardens.
For more information visit: www.putleygardens.org.uk
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