2022: Open Gardens
This year we had our Open Gardens event on on Saturday June 11th, rather than in September as we did last year, and it was pleasant follow-up to the Queen's 70th Jubilee celebrations the previous weekend. The weather was really good, sunny but not too hot; we had a record number of visitors (over 600), and the town was really buzzing with people holding Hidden Gardens programmes. This year there were also stalls open at Hadleigh Market, adding to the feeling of a really good day out.
There were around 25 gardens open, with a wide range of sizes and styles, including some which were not open last year. There were 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. Some photos taken in Hidden Gardens open on June 11th are here.
As well as the Hidden Gardens, Hadleigh has a lively High Street with a range of interesting local shops (for some of these, see our Sponsors page.) Most of these are in Grade 2 listed buildings, some with fine examples of East Anglian pargetting. St Mary's Church reflects the success of Hadleigh's mediaeval wool trade, and the timber-framed Guildhall nearby is Grade 1 listed, tracing its history back to the 15th Century. There is a very fine cricket pitch, and a circular walk with a fine mediaeval bridge across the River Brett. Lunches and teas are available in the Church, and refreshments in some of the gardens, as well as in the pubs, coffee shops, and restaurants in the town. So there was much to see and do as well as visit the gardens.
Proceeds from Hidden Gardens go the the Friends of St Mary's Church, to help with restoration of the church buildings.