2021: Open Gardens
We decided to have the Open Gardens day on Saturday 4th September, rather than in May/June, so that Covid regulations would be relaxed enough to allow people to freely vist the gardens. There were 35 gardens open, with a wide range of sizes and styles. These include hidden gardens behind historic buildings, larger gardens leading down to the river Brett, and more recent gardens among the houses that have grown up around the historic town centre. Some gardens are mature and well-established, others have been more recently laid out. And there were several gardens which are new in the programme this year. See the list of gardens and the map.
We had an excellent day, no rain and not too hot, so good for visiting gardens. As well as the gardens, people were also able to enjoy coffee and lunch at St Mary's church, with tables set up both inside the church and outside.There were plant sales in the church, and people were also able to visit Hadleigh's historic High Street with its excellent range of shops.
In terms of visitors and and money raised, this was our best year so far:
Over 600 programmes sold
Over £6000 raised
All proceeds go the the Friends of St Mary's, to help with restoration of the church buildings.
Very many thanks to those who opened their gardens, to our visitors, to our Sponsors (see Sponsors page), and to the volunteers who helped with refreshments in the church, programme sales, and other activities. A copy of a 'Thank You' email sent to garden owners and sponsers you can find here.
Next year, 2022, we plan to have Hidden Gardens again in June, and look forward to seeing you for another lively day of gardens and other activities in Hadleigh.