Ashton under Hill Open Gardens

Cotswold gardens nestling at the foot of Bredon Hill

Next Event:

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2019

from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day

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 the Open Gardens National Directory

St Barbara's Church viewed from the garden of Walnut Thatch

Picture by Steve Gledhill

 

Gloucestershire Federation of Garden Societies

The picturesque village of Ashton under Hill is situated in the south of the county of Worcestershire, England, at the eastern end of Bredon Hill and overlooking the Vale of Evesham. Bredon Hill and Ashton are in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The northern Cotswold hills are close at hand and nearby towns include Evesham, Pershore, Broadway and Tewkesbury. Formerly part of the county of Gloucestershire, Ashton under Hill is now in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire.

Ashton under Hill is just west of the A46 between Evesham and Tewkesbury, about 5 miles south of Evesham and near to junction 9 of the M5 motorway. To find us with your Sat Nav please use the postcode WR11 7SW. More directions here or see a map here

 

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Our theme for 2019

Ashton Open Gardens

Images by Craig Frost

Our Supporters

A Halling Garden Machinery

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Back on Track Chiropractic

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Beckford Silk

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The Courtyard Cafe at Beckford Silk

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Horticultural Supplies

01386 444100

Bradfords, Evesham

01386 40089

Cotteswold Dairy

01684 298959

GLB Services, Central Heating Installation and Maintenance

01386 871777

The Goldsmithy

01386 853297

Gotherington Nurseries

01242 676722

Anthony Halling Garden Machinery

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Hartwell & Co Timber Ltd

01386 840373

Place Maintenance

01386 882855

07739 968032

Hillers Garden and Plant Centre

01789 491959

Holloway Farm House B&B

01386 881910

Hoo House Nursery

01684 293389

L&L Installations

0800 592946

Meadows Farm Shop

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The Moretons, Vacation Houses

01684 772294

OHMS Garden Machinery

01386 552886

The Old Post House & Barn Holiday Accommodation

01386 882466

07976 906653

Overbury Estate and Farms

01386 725111

P&H Services

01386 881528

Rails End Nursery

01386 881884

Severn Seating

01684 594164

Slate Clothing

Broadway

 01386 853877

The Star Inn, Ashton under Hill

01386 881325

The Vale Group

01386 765959

Toddington Garden Centre

01242 621314

Vale Gardens Ltd

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Wayside Farm Shop, Wickhamford

01386 830546

 

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Not Long To This Year's Event

Group discounts still available!

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors old and new to this year's annual Open Gardens event here in Ashton under Hill on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June.

We will have 25 gardens open from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day, including the very special Bredon Hill Academy garden. There will be a further 8 front gardens to be viewed from the pavement. As usual there will be a fantastic array of stalls, great food options with sandwiches in the village hall, ploughman’s and cream teas in the marquee which will be at 'Lammas Hay', just up from St Barbara’s church this year. We'll also have a tempting Gardeners' Raffle, so please come and join us: you'll be sure of a warm reception in Ashton!

The Lost Words

This year's theme for our Open Gardens weekend is The Lost Words a beautiful book of enchanting poems crafted by Robert MacFarlane and local artist Jackie Morris. The book illustrates words like 'dandelion', 'otter' and 'bramble' that have been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary to make way for new popular words such as 'hashtag' and 'broadband'.

10 gardens will each have one of the Lost Words hidden in them, and searching for them will form the basis of this year's Treasure Hunt for children. There will also be an exhibition in St Barbara's Church based on the book, its illustrations and the work that children in both local schools have been doing on this topic. Copies of the book will be on sale at the church over the Open Gardens weekend.

Discounts for Group Bookings

Generous discounts are still available for groups of 10 or more if booked by Friday 24 May, so if you'd like to make arrangements to bring a party to our event, or would just like to know more, please Contact Us

Alternatively, you can download a Group Booking Request and then return it to us at the address on the form. We'd love to hear from you!

Admission, Parking, Refreshments, Plant Sales

Admission prices remain unchanged from last year: adults and seniors £6.00, under 16s free. Tickets are valid both days.

All parking is free, and designated Disabled Parking spaces are available. Coach and minibus parking is also free but needs to be booked in advance - please Contact Us. There's also a regular complimentary shuttle bus service around the village, available on a first-come first-served basis. Well-behaved dogs are very welcome, but do please check with individual garden owners who may be animal owners themselves.

Ploughman's lunches and cream teas will be served in our refreshment marquee from midday; there will also be tea and cakes in the Village Hall, ice creams, and a full menu in our village pub The Star Inn. Don't forget we will also have a wide range of quality crafts and plants on sale.

Photographic Competition

There will of course be the photographic competition again this year with, new for 2019, a special class for young photographers who have a chance to win a copy of The Lost Words book.

In a very exciting and extremely popular competition in 2018 we had 87 photographs entered from 20 different photographers. Choosing a winner was very difficult but after long deliberation the committee chose Amber Bankes’ photo (above right) which they felt best embodied both the 2018 theme of 'Nature in the Garden' and fulfilled the criterion of the most original and unusual photograph.

 

The really exciting thing about the 2018 photographic competition was the number of young entrants with some really stunning photographs. This is reflected in the two runners up who it turns out are both under the age of 16. The first runner up was Megan Davies’ lovely upward shot of a field of daisies against a grey sky – difficult to find on this year's Open Gardens weekend. The second runner up was Jacob Bennet’s clever picture of the old telephone box in front of the Old Posthouse with poppies in the foreground.

We also ended up selecting five other photographs for special commendation, one each from Amber and Megan’s other entries, one by another young photographer, Becky and one by Debbie Jones. The final 'Highly Commended' entry was the very unusual collage of photographs from the weekend by Kathy Evans. Congratulations to them all.

Please see the column on the right for copies of all the runners-up and also the highly commended pictures. Click on each of them to see a larger version.

Over 1200 Visitors

In two very busy days over the weekend of 9 and 10 June, our 2018 Ashton under Hill Open Gardens event attracted over 1200 visitors, an increase of almost 20% over 2017. From feedback we've received they clearly enjoyed browsing the 24 gardens and other attractions in perfect warm and sunny weather. They also appreciated the efforts of Ashton's gardeners in putting on a good show, coupled with the warm and friendly hospitality of our village.

If you were one of our 2018 visitors, thank you for your support, we hope to see you again this year. If you were one of the garden owners, or one of the myriad of willing helpers, thank you for helping to create such a worthwhile and successful community event.

 

Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made

By singing: "Oh, how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade (Rudyard Kipling)

 

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2018 Photographic Competition

The winning entry

by Amber Bankes

Runner-up: Megan Davies

Runner-up: Jacob Bennet

Highly Commended: Amber Bankes

Highly Commended: Megan Davies

Highly Commended: Becky

Highly Commended: Debbie Jones

Highly Commended: Kathy Evans