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This summer, our perennially popular Open Gardens event is back for its 24th year, and it is bigger than ever before!
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Open Gardens 2018 is set to be our biggest yet!

This year our ever-popular horticultural event will take place throughout the summer season, rather than over a single weekend. That means green-fingered fans of the event will have even longer to explore the more than 30 gardens that will be opening for the Hospice.

The first Open Garden is being held on Saturday 19th May and the last is on the 1st of July. Unless stated, gardens are open from 10.30am to 5pm.

Check out our Open Gardens event listings, calendar and map below to decide where you want to go! You can also pick up our FREE Open Gardens brochure, with the full list of gardens and dates, in any of our 8 shops or at the Hospice reception.

This year, entry to the gardens is payable on the gate. Entry starts from £3 per garden, or group of gardens.  Many of the gardens will have refreshments, plants and  cakes on sale – so it is the perfect day out this summer!


Open Gardens 2018 Map

Locations are colour coded by date


Open Gardens 2018 Calendar


Open Gardens 2018 Full Listings by Date

Saturday 19th May

Entry to the gardens is payable on the gate. It costs £5 and includes entry to both gardens on the 19th May. Refreshments and crafts are on sale at The Red House.


1a: Jan and Mac Quinton The Red House, Campions, Sheering Road, Harlow, CM17 0LG
Walled garden, originally a vegetable garden. Some trees, shrubs and roses and a vegetable patch! Parking opposite at Mayfield farm.


1b: Nancy and Gary Slark Goldings, Sheering Road, Harlow, CM17 0LJ
Wrap around garden with borders, fruit trees, vegetable patch. It also features a low maintenance section which is new.


 

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th May

Entry to the gardens is payable on the gate and costs £5. Refreshments will be on sale.


2: Michael Chapman, Goosebury Hall, Epping Green, CM16 6QN
A member of the quiet garden trust, with Labyrinth walk. Christine Walkden, resident gardening expert on the BBC’s The One Show will be attending this garden on Sunday 27th May.


 

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June

Entry to the gardens is payable on the gate at Blackbush Spring. It costs £5 and includes entry to both gardens. Refreshments are on sale at both gardens and plants are on sale at Grey Goose Park.


3a: Georgie Boyd 101 Blackbush Spring, Harlow, CM20 3EA


3b:  Beverly Melaugh 129 Grey Goose Park, Harlow, CM19 4JH
South facing family garden, sloping lawn, mature trees, shrubs and succulent borders.


 

Sunday 17th June

Entry to the gardens is payable on the gate and costs £3. Refreshments and cakes will be on sale.


4:  Pamela Wright, 198 Waterhouse Moor, Harlow, CM18 6BW
Garden made up of trees, shrubs and a summer house.


 

Saturday 23rd June

Entry to the gardens is payable on the gate at Copse Hill or 69 Rundells. It costs £5 and includes entry to all 11 gardens over the 2 days (5A – 5J). Refreshments are on sale at the Allotments and Copse Hill, and plants are on sale at all 3 of the gardens.


5a: Verna and Keith, Naunton 69 Rundells, Harlow, CM18 7HD
Colourful small town garden with over 200 assorted containers. Hard landscaping on different levels. Includes summerhouse, various seating areas. Steep steps. Access to adjacent allotment open to view.


5b: Rundells Allotments, Riddings Lane, Harlow, CM18 7HT
Large well cared for allotments with communal space for all to enjoy and a great community spirit.


5c: Shirani Fernando, 82 Copse Hill, Harlow, CM19 4PP
A family garden with patio and lawned area. Planted to have all year round interest. Colour with some topiary trees, and bushes. Vegetable patch and apple tree.


 

Saturday 23rd June & Sunday 24th June

Entry to the gardens is payable on the gate at any of the gardens. It costs £5 and includes entry to all 11 gardens over the 2 days (5A – 5J). Refreshments are on sale at Blackbush Spring or Finchmoor and plants are on sale at Herons Wood.


5d: Tina Lake, 50 Herons Wood (next to 65), Harlow, CM20 1RW
Large old farmhouse garden with plenty of trees and shrubs. Large lawn and pond.


5e:  Georgie Boyd, 101 Blackbush Spring, Harlow, CM20 3EA


5f: Anne Gould, 49 Finchmoor, Harlow, CM18 6UE


 

Sunday 24th June – Bishopsfield

Entry to the gardens is payable on the gate. It costs £5 and includes entry to all 11 gardens over the 2 days (5A – 5J). 


5g: Rex and Jan Hall, 176 Bishopsfield, CM18 6UT
Small peaceful garden.


5h:  Sarah Bracey, 90 Bishopsfield, CM18 6UW
Small courtyard with fruit trees, pond, rockery, raised beds, small lawn, gravel paths.


5i: Moira Jones, 180 Bishopsfield, CM18 6UT
Much loved and painted small courtyard garden and statues and some favourite plants. Displaying paintings in the garden.


5j:  Yvonne Cull, 58 Bishopsfield, CM18 6UW
A garden crammed with trees, shrubs, flowers and climbers.

 

Sunday 24th June – Thornwood

A group of 11 gardens throughout Thornwood Village, including the allotments, will be open across the weekend. The majority of the gardens are within easy walking distance of each other. The car park in the Village Hall (postcode CM16 6NB) is available for visitors. There will be a number of activities throughout the event including a Scarecrow competition and a Pebble Painting competition.


6a: 4 Smiths Court


6b: Thornwood Allotments


6c: 2 Brookfields


6d: 6 Brookfields


6e: 11 Brookfields


6f: 18 Brookfields


6g: 53 Weald Hall Lane


6h: 58 Weald Hall Lane


6i: 8 Rowley Mead


6j: 9 Woodside


6k: 2 Forest Glade


 

Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July

Entry to the gardens is payable on the gate. It costs £5 and includes entry to all 3 of the gardens. Refreshments are on sale at Harlowbury Manor and plants are on sale at Red Lion.


7a: Mrs Farringham, Harlowbury Manor, Old Road, Old Harlow, CM17 0HE
Open Saturday 30th June 2pm – 4pm. Large garden. Norman Chapel Grade 1 listed. Mature trees, shrubs and extensive lawn.


7b: Lesley Thomas, 27 Finchmoor, Harlow, CM18 6UD
Herbaceous borders with plenty of Heuchera and Clematis. A small pond and gravelled areas – no wheelchair access.


7c:  Colin Lincoln, 31 Red Lion Crescent, Potter Street, Harlow, CM17 9BN
Open Sunday 1st July. A mixture of conifers, trees and shrubs surrounded by hedges, shingle paths weave through the beds. Three ponds, rock garden, summer house and arbour.

Finding this garden is difficult but well worth the trouble. On the left hand side of the road is a small green. No. 31 is at the end of the path running alongside this green on the right hand side.


 

Community Fundraiser Dani De'athFor more information on Open Gardens, please get in touch with the St Clare Community Fundraising Lead Dani De’ath. Call on 01279 773738 or 07718257704 or email dani@stclarehospice.org.uk

 

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