Ashton under Hill Open Gardens
Our 2016 Open Gardens Weekend
|A torrential downpour on Sunday didn't discourage our visitors!|
In 2016 we welcomed 842 visitors to browse around the 29 varied and colourful gardens which were open for viewing. Inevitably for June, the weather forecast was mixed for the weekend, but in the end Saturday afternoon proved to be dry. Sunday started off fine but a torrential downpour mid-afternoon caused everyone to scurry for shelter in conservatories, greenhouses or even under trees. The tea venues quickly filled up of course, especially our new all-weather marquee. Before long the rain stopped and we ended the event with a fine evening. The church was richly decorated by the WI in celebration of The Queen's 90th Birthday, and our 'Happy and Glorious' exhibition complemented that theme.
As usual, our visitors came not only from local towns and villages, but we also welcomed some from more distant places such as Swansea, Bristol, Stafford, Solihull, Yorkshire, Hampshire and even Holland. Ashton Open Gardens has a loyal following, and we are truly grateful for your support.
The success of this well-established annual event is due to the many people who make this it possible: our garden owners, our catering team, our stewards and all the many helpers on the day. Without them, Ashton Open Gardens simply wouldn't happen.
Some feedback from our visitors in 2016:
"Everybody is so welcoming and friendly, this is a very special place"
"Fantastic food, fresh and delicious; the best cream tea I have ever tasted!"
"A good variety of gardens in a beautiful village; nice to be able to chat with garden owners"
"We were made to feel very welcome; I have taken away loads of ideas as well as lots of plants!"
"Nice things to buy on craft stalls, and well-stocked plant stalls"
"Everyone of all ages and abilities must be working well together, obviously proud of where they live"
"We had a delightful visit, great value too"
"All the gardens were accessible; there's a real sense of community"
Photographs by Jo Brown, David Hunter and James Attwood