Open Gardens 2021

This summer, our perennially popular Open Gardens event is back for its 27th annual celebration of all things fauna and flora!
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Open Gardens returns this summer

This summer, our perennially popular Open Gardens event is back for its 27th year and – after last year had to take place virtually – we’re delighted that this year we will be back, safely, in person.

This year the horticultural event will take place on weekends throughout June and July, giving green-fingered fans of the event more than a dozen gardens to explore in aid of the Hospice. Come and explore some of the best-kept green spaces in our catchment area – from the villages of Thornwood and Hastingwood, to the gardens of Harlow, Epping and Loughton.

For details contact the Fundraising Team on 01279 773700 or email

Calendar of Open Gardens

We have over a dozen gardens opening their gates as part of our Open Gardens 2021 event! Our gardens will be opening throughout June and July on a series of different weekends.

You can view our Open Gardens event listings by clicking the button below. Alternatively, scroll down for an overview of which gardens will be opening and when. 

Click here to view our Open Gardens event listings


Open Gardens: Goosebury Hall on 26th & 27th June

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June, Goosebury Hall in Epping Green will open its gates as a firm, familiar favourite within our Open Gardens events. This garden is a member of the quiet garden trust, with a labyrinth to walk. Refreshments will be available all throughout the weekend, but on Sunday you’ll be able to enjoy delicious tea and cake amongst the picturesque garden.

Entry to Goosebury Hall on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June is £10, and you can visit on both days! 

Click here to find out more about visiting Goosebury Hall


Open Gardens: Weekends throughout June and July

We have 11 gardens opening on weekends throughout June and July, which you are welcome to visit with a £5 ‘season ticket’! You can pay for your ticket on the gate of your first garden, which will grant you access to all 11 gardens opening across the season.

Open Gardens: Sunday 27th June

2a. Sarah Bracey – 90 Bishopsfield, CM18 6UW Small courtyard with fruit trees, pond, rockery, raised beds, small lawn and gravel paths.

2b. Janice & Rex Hall – 176 Bishopsfield, CM18 6UT Small peaceful garden.

2c. Moira Jones – 180 Bishopsfield, CM18 6UT Much loved and painted small courtyard garden with statues and some favourite plants. Displaying paintings in the garden

2d. Verna & Keith Naunton – 69 Rundells, Harlow, CM18 7HD Small ‘L’ shaped garden featuring over 230 containers, water features and secluded areas. The garden was featured on Alan Titchmarsh’s first series of ‘Love Your Garden’. There is access to an allotment through the garden.

Click here to find out more about visiting gardens on Sunday 27th June


Open Gardens: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th July

3a. Beverley MeLaugh – 129 Grey Goose Park, Harlow, CM19 4JH South facing family garden, sloping lawn, mature trees, shrubs and succulent borders. Refreshments and plants for sale.

3b. Georgie Boyd – 101 Blackbush Spring, CM20 3EA This beautiful family garden has refreshments, plants and herbs on sale.

3c. Terry McKay – 49 Church Leys, Harlow, CM18 6DA Small urban garden, with colourful plants decorating the boarders and potted plants located around the garden. This is a true hidden gem of a garden.

Click here to find out more about visiting gardens on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July


Open Gardens: Sunday 11th July

Thornwood Common Open Gardens – CM16 6NR These gardens include sculptures, a 3 year old secret garden with a raised pond and mature gardens with patios, arches, shelters and out buildings. Enjoy a superb summer lunch personally cooked for you by our very own retired Swiss chef Michel and delicious homemade cakes with Mary and Pierre. North Weald Parish Council are supporting this event by having their Thornwood Allotment Open Day at the same time. The usual suspects will be offering interesting bits and bobs at the bric-a-brac stall and our raffle team will tempt you with great prizes. The Thornwood Garden Club stall will also be selling plants, gifts and other bits of garden equipment.

Click here to find out more about visiting gardens on Sunday 11th July


Open Gardens: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th July

4a. Pat Prior – 32 Morningtons, Harlow, CM19 4QH (Saturday Only – 10am – 4pm) This wonderful garden has shrubs, perennials, and vegetables all on show, with Cake and Jams on sale.

4b. Colin Lincoln – 31 Red Lion Crescent, Potter Street, Harlow, CM17 9BN (Saturday & Sunday) This garden is medium sized and comprises of a mixture of conifer trees and shrubs surrounded by hedges, shingle paths weave through the beds. Three ponds rock garden, summer house and arbour. Also a small vegetable plot.

4c. Sharani Fernando – 82 Copse Hill, Harlow, CM19 4PP (Sunday Only) This Garden is a colourful relaxing garden with apple tree and garden sculptures, as well as topiary trees in interesting shapes. Refreshments, plants and homemade jewellery.

4d. Lesley Thomas – 27 Finchmoor, Harlow, CM18 6UD (Sunday Only) This garden is a small garden with a pond, birdbath and water feature and planted with mainly Clematis, Heuchera and Dahlias. Plants will also be on sale.

Click here to find out more about visiting gardens on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July


Take a look at some of our previous Open Gardens…

We’d love to hear from you

If you have any questions, or would like to speak with a member of St Clare Hospice staff about Open Gardens 2021, please get in touch with our Community Fundraising team. All enquiries can be emailed to or you can call 01279 773700 and a member of the team will get back to you. 

This year’s Open Gardens event is kindly sponsored by Land Sheriffs