Great news! After two years when we’ve been unable to open our gardens to visitors for our traditional annual Open Gardens we are once again planning to open in 2022.
The 2022 Ashton under Hill Open Gardens will be the 43rd time that Ashton has opened its gardens to the general public.
We expect at least 24 gardens to be open for you to see on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2022, from 1.00pm to 6.00pm each day. If you’ve been before, we’d love to welcome you back, and if you’ve never visited us why not come along. After two years without seeing you many of the gardens will have changed.
As always there will be a smattering of new gardens, or at least ones that have not been open for a few years, as well as the old favourites open again but always offering something new. There is always a wide variety of gardens and things to see and do in the friendly atmosphere of this beautiful Worcestershire village, situated in the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the shadow of Bredon Hill.
People love to come back every year to see wonderful gardens, interesting and unusual plants set against a backdrop of pretty properties and glorious countryside. The last time we were able to open in 2019 we welcomed nearly 1,000 of you all of whom enjoyed beautiful gardens, fascinating exhibitions and the odd champagne cream tea.
As in previous years we are planning a wide variety of plant sales, garden products and craft stalls.
We can never promise the weather but we can promise great gardens, interesting stalls, fascinating exhibitions and this year a really interesting theme.
In 2019 the theme for our Open Gardens event was “The Lost Words” highlighting the garden and countryside words that are in danger of being lost from our dictionary and children’s vocabulary.
In 2022 after “losing” two years our focus is on finding, not losing things. The theme for this year will be “The Plant Hunters”. From geraniums to begonias, the common plants that often adorn backyard gardens are rarely native to our region. The same goes for many of the diverse and delicious fruits and vegetables that grace our dinner tables. We take their accessibility and ubiquity for granted, unaware of the great debt we owe to the naturalists and explorers who travelled around the world in search of these then unusual plants and brought back samples and seeds along with fantastic stories. From the naturalists of Alexander the Great’s entourage to pioneering botanists such as Joseph Hooker, Joseph Banks, and Alexander von Humboldt, Ashton will celebrate our fascination with plants. Come along and celebrate those plant hunters and find some of those plants from the new world in the Cotswold gardens of Ashton.
How about putting us it in your diary now? We’ll look forward to seeing you!