Putley Open Gardens
Gardeners are hoping for a bumper crop of visitors to Putley Open Gardens on Sunday May 8 from 10am – 4pm.
The annual event offers visitors an opportunity to explore seven gardens in this idyllic Herefordshire parish, with all funds raised contributing to the upkeep of both the Parish Hall and Church.
There are three waymarked routes accessing some of the gardens, using footpaths through orchards and pastures, providing a chance to enjoy the apple blossom, wildflowers and wildlife, before (and after) visiting a carefully tended open garden. Walking is not mandatory (although good for us!). It is a two-and-a-half-mile route by car and all the gardens have adjacent parking (a three-minute walk at most).
This year there are seven gardens adding to the variety; including one that has been tended by the same family for 30 years. Others have developed over the last 2-5 years and the newest is a work in progress, where ancient fruit trees, azaleas and much more besides has been discovered. Not to mention a beautiful quarter acre plot with themed borders, and a contemporary styled South facing garden created 4 years ago.
Visitors to Putley Open Gardens are also encouraged to explore Putley Church and its lovingly cared-for churchyard. Of particular interest, an unusual oak and teak War Memorial, a very fine medieval Preaching Cross, specimen trees, the possibility of emerging wildflowers and delightful views over the adjacent duck pond.
Everything starts (and finishes) at the Parish Hall, where all day refreshments will be available: Bacon Butties from 10am-midday, Soup and Rolls from 12-2.30pm, Cakes and Teas from 2.30-4pm plus Tombola and Plant Sales.
Tim Beaumont, who masterminded the event eight years ago, says: “Visitors are always delighted that there is so much to enjoy – seasonal interest and colour, landscape features, garden sculptures along with some lovely settings and views.”
Please note: dogs are not allowed in the gardens.
Fees & Tickets
Entrance is £5.00 per person; children under 15 are free