Ashton under Hill Open Gardens

 

Our 2017 Open Gardens Weekend

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  Two days of fine weather brought out the visitors!

 

In 2017 over 1000 garden enthusiasts came to Ashton to browse around the 26 varied and colourful gardens which were open for our 40th Anniversary Weekend. Thankfully, the weather proved to be dry both days - not too hot, although a little breezy at times - perfect conditions for garden exploration. This year there were two new gardens to see, not previously open, at Shaw Green Farm and at 'Arana', near the top of Cottons Lane. The complimentary shuttle bus ferrying visitors to these two outposts, as well as throughout the village, was much appreciated by our visitors. Also new this year was a selection of 'Open Front Gardens', signposted by large sunflower decorations, drawing attention to gardens with particular features or unusual plants which could be viewed from the footpath.

The exhibition in St Barbara's Church was a stunning display of photographs by local photographer Steve Gledhill, who also took some of the pictures of the event below. Also, Wendy Stafford from Offenham exhibited a range of her beautiful glass flower sculptures in garden number 13, which proved very popular with visitors.

As usual, those guests came not only from local towns and villages, but also from more distant places, throughout the UK as well as Europe and the Far East. Ashton Open Gardens has a loyal following, and we are always grateful for everyone's support.

After 40 years, Ashton under Hill Open Gardens is a very well-established annual event and its success is due to the many people who make this possible: our garden owners, our catering team, our stewards, our exhibitors, our advertisers, stallholders and all the many helpers on the day. With one of the most successful events in recent years, our 40th Anniversary was celebrated in style!

 

Glass flower by Wendy Stafford;   On Bredon Hill by Steve Gledhill

   

   

   

   

  

   

 

  

 

     Photographs above by Roger Umpelby

 

    

   

  

  

  

  

     

     Photographs above by Steve Gledhill