Open Gardens weekend in Harlow a great success

News / Wed 26th Aug 2015 at 02:42pm

Open Gardens
The green-fingered owners of 27 beautiful gardens in and around Harlow, Church Langley and Hastingwood threw open their gates to visitors for the two-day event organised by the charity’s Harlow Friends.

From cottage and farmhouse gardens to courtyards and allotments, there was plenty to delight those with a love of horticulture, including some new venues for 2015 such as the 16th century walled garden at Harlow Museum.

Many of the garden owners provided additional attractions, such as music and raffles as well as stalls selling plants, bric-a-bra and crafts, and sold refreshments including homemade cakes and ploughman lunches. A family fun day with a bouncy castle and children’s activities was also held at Gibson Court in Harlow on both days.

This year’s Open Gardens was the last to be organised by St Clare stalwart Ann Gould, who remains a Harlow Friend and will continue to open her garden for future events.

St Clare community fundraiser Danielle De’ath said: “From small acorns, mighty oaks grow and under Ann’s careful cultivation, our Open Gardens Weekend has blossomed into one of our most popular annual events. We would like to thank her for her unwavering commitment and enthusiasm over the years for helping sow the seeds of such a successful fundraising event for the Hospice.”

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