The Open Gardens day on 25 July 2021 raised money for St Mary's
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Open Gardens - 25 July 2021

With four days to go the weather forecast of 80% chance of thunderstorms all day did not augur well for this year's Open Gardens event. Thereafter the prospects improved with each weather forecast leading up to the event. In fact, the weather on the day was almost perfect for visiting gardens, not too hot, not too windy and not at all wet though, after the event, we heard a report that it rained in Ashridge all afternoon. Weren't we blessed?

Those people who had not been put off by the weather forecast had nine lovely gardens to visit. The presentation of those gardens was remarkable especially given the spring weather we have experienced this year, including: a month of frost, a month of rain, a month of drought, a month of gusty winds and, in the fortnight leading up to the event, temperatures in excess of 30°C and a torrential downpour.

So thanks and congratulations must go to all the gardeners concerned. Among a steady stream of visitors throughout the afternoon we were pleased to welcome regular attendees and newcomers to the villages, as well as some visitors from further afield. Many visitors took advantage of the excellent refreshments on offer inside the church and thanks must go to those who baked or served cakes.

Reports from those who opened their gardens indicated that, once again, the afternoon had been a time of great joy and delight with visitors showing real interest in the gardens on display and with the added benefit of contributing towards an event that raised almost £1,600 of much needed funds for St Mary's Church. Maybe you feel you might be willing to open your garden in future years. If so, please get in touch with me, Gordon Gray

If you would like to help and/or open your own garden next year, please contact Gordon Gray.

Previous Open Gardens events

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