Wisborough Green Open Gardens 2012

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On Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, the village of Wisborough Green once again welcomed visitors to its annual Open Gardens event, specially themed this year to help celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

Ten gardens were open in all varying from small courtyard gardens to large country gardens with extensive flower beds and lawns, all of which were within a few minutes walk of the traditional village green.

Three new gardens had been added this year to complement some of the ‘old favourites’.

Helen Vause of WG’s Horticultural Society said: “WG gardeners have worked extremely hard to overcome difficult growing conditions in the spring to produce a wonderful array of colour and scents.”

The team were delighted to welcome visitors from London, Swanage, Eastbourne, Brighton and Worthing plus others from nearer home.

Maureen and David Hickman, who were visiting from Swanage, Dorset, commented: “The gardens were just lovely – so many different styles to see and the people were so friendly and helpful – definitely worth the trip.”

Around 240 visitors enjoyed walking around the village and touring the gardens, raising nearly £1800, which will go towards the preservation of the Grade I Listed church of St Peter ad Vincula.

After their tour, many visitors went on to enjoy teas and home made cakes and bought a plant or two at one of the gardens or stayed to watch the cricket on the picturesque green.

Chairman of the Friends of St Peter group, John Farmer, said afterwards: “Despite the doubtful weather, we were really pleased to see so many people come and enjoy our lovely village.

“Our team of volunteers worked tirelessly to help people get the most out of their visit.”

An enjoyable 2 days for visitors and hosts alike.

Article contributed by The Friends of St Peter.