There’s the chance to enjoy the blooms, blossom and bounty of some of Putley’s glorious gardens on Saturday May 13.
For the third year running six intrepid gardeners and their hardworking under-gardeners are opening their gates to visitors to the idyllic rural village near Ledbury. Garden enthusiasts can wander through three established gardens (one laid out in the 1920s), one that’s in the making, one that’s being restored and one that’s been adapted and personalised in the last five years. Organiser Tim Beaumont says: “Putley is surrounded by orchards and if we’re lucky, the apple trees in blossom will add to the magic of what we hope will be a fine and sunny day, full of interest for gardeners and their families.”
Visitors to Putley Open Gardens are also encouraged to explore delightfully-situated Putley Church, which will host a fine display of entries to the Flower Arranging competition. The carefully tended churchyard warrants a visit, with its unusual oak and teak War Memorial, a very fine medieval Preaching Cross, specimen trees, the possibility of emerging wild flowers and entrancing views over the adjacent duck pond.
Most gardens and the church are accessible by well-marked footpaths through the orchards and pastures, providing a chance for visitors to experience Putley’s beautiful countryside, hedgerow flowers and wildlife as well as the gardens themselves.
Everything starts (and finishes) at the Parish Hall, HR8 2QN, with car parking, tickets, teas, tombola and plant sales; not forgetting loos.
The event is being held to support the upkeep of the Parish Hall and Church. Gardens are open from 1pm until 5.30pm;
Dogs are not allowed in the gardens.
For more information visit: www.putleygardens.org.uk.