Hinxworth’s very first Open Gardens

…event was a great success.

We had 12 gardens open, all very different from each other. They ranged from the smaller ‘bijou’ variety through the natural ‘nature in all its glory’ variety, to the grander, more formally landscaped variety; yet each showing the love and attention lavished on them by their owners.

The weather was very kind to us and over 90 people wandered round the gardens and enjoyed a cream tea at Middle Farm House.

A huge thank you to the gardeners whom I know had been slaving away for weeks keeping those pesky weeds at bay, taming those borders and grooming and encouraging that grass! Also thanks are due to the unsung heroes, the tea ladies, who slaved over hot kettles and washing up water; to Claire Hay for her numerous trips to Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s; Rochelle Mortier for providing the tea; Jean Wilkinson, Biddy Sheldrick and my mum for scones; and not least to Les and Jayne for becoming the best cream tea venue in Hertfordshire!!

Amazingly we made £361 for MacMillan and Garden House Hospice (£180.50 each) – so thank you to everyone whose donations helped make this such a resounding success.

If you missed the opportunity this year either to visit or to show your garden, make it a date for next year!

Open Gardens 1

Open Gardens 2

Open Gardens 3