Beckingham Open

Gardens 2009...

Six gardens in Beckingham were opened to the public for this years Open Gardens Event on Sunday 28th June, organised by Mrs Brenda Wilson. The gardens, all quite varied in size, design and content, contained many interesting ideas and features as well as a few quirky surprises.
The gardens included one developed over five years from a grass paddock, containing a good range of shrubs, a feature pergola, pond and greenhouse.
A second garden, remade in 2003 by the current owners, contained mature shrubs and trees and was described as a calming garden with sunny areas to sit.
A third, a hidden gem of a garden, with imaginative use of space receiving little or no sun and with a wonderful old wisteria.
A fourth, described as a jewel of a garden, nestling behind an old Victorian cottage, full of treats and suprises with mature planting and a lovely summer house. A fifth had been designed as a traditional old cottage garden, developed over 5 years with a well stocked perennial border, rose and lavender pergola, kitchen garden and summer house.
Last, but not least, was a mature well tended garden, arranged in “rooms”, with excellent kitchen garden and fruit trees and well stocked borders. All well worth a visit.

The owners were welcoming and friendly, extremely keen to show visitors around their labour of love and give advice. Despite a cloudy dismal morning, the weather turned out sunny and very warm for the afternoon.
Plants were for sale on the Green, courtesy of Mr Peter Coomber of Bole Nurseries.

Welcome refreshments of homemade teas were available from the Recreation Room, organised by Mrs Shirley Wilson. The event was well attended and the proceeds of £520 from the afternoon will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness. Grateful thanks go to Brenda and everyone involved in the organising, especially those who kindly opened their gardens and to all who supported.

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