Monies from the day will go 50/50 to Putley Parish Church and the Village Hall.
The following have generously helped with the costs of this event. Please support them.
CAS Motor Services Ltd
Ledbury Real Ales
The Nest, Little Verzons
Newent Plant Centre,
MJM Woodworking Ltd
The Trumpet Inn
Putley villagers and others have made contributions in lieu. Their generosity is acknowledged with thanks.
On Saturday May 13th 2023 several gardeners (and under-gardeners) will be opening their gates to share with you their beautiful gardens and of course, plenty of flowers.
This annual event, now in its ninth year, gives visitors the opportunity to visit a variety of gardens. Everything starts and finishes at Putley Parish Hall (HR8 2QN). There, visitors will find carparking, tickets, bacon butties, teas and coffees, a light lunch, cakes, tombola, toilets and the all important plant stall.
The gardens are adjacent to a 2 ½ mile car journey, with parking no more than 300 yards away. As walking is good for us, there are signed footpaths through orchards and pasture, providing you with the chance to enjoy apple blossom, wild flowers and wildlife in-between visiting lovingly tended gardens. Maps of the route are provided and the lanes are perfect for cyclists too.
For 2023 we have seven gardens open, some created within the last few years, some tended by the same family for over 30 years. There are ponds, sculpture, topiary, wild flowers and wonderful views to behold - all with the owners on hand to help with your enjoyment.
Included in the offering is the opportunity to visit Putley Church. There, in addition to the cared for churchyard, with burgeoning wild flowers and remarkable memorials, the Victorian vestments will be on display with the glory of the high church decoration of the area around the altar.
The event raises much needed funds for the upkeep of our Parish Hall and Church.
Entrance ticket is £5 per person and no charge for children under 15. Dogs are not allowed in the gardens. Mo re info? Contact email@example.com
The Cider House, a young garden started only two years ago, bounded by yew and native hedges, also espaliered fruit trees a limelight hydrangea pathway and lavender edged lawn.
There are rose arches and a rose arbour, we have a garden room (the Nook) to enable the quaffing of gin & tonic even in inclement weather. The garden itself sits within a apple orchard.
Brigitte and Kevin
The same family have gardened here for over 50 years. Successive generations have left their own marks. Tall brick wall on two sides provide support and shelter for a variety of espaliered trees, shrubs and perennials; there is a specific colour scheme. A magnificent pond and panoramic views over Putley to the Cotswolds complete the offering.
Dermot and Louise
We, the new custodians, inherited an emerging garden. The lavender path should continue to welcome. The parterre and courtyard garden with a combination of lavender, geraniums, and topiary trees are maturing well. The wildflower garden, hopefully, continues to deliver its surprises and we hope the herbaceous beds, which include roses, salvia, heucheras, lupins, alliums, agapanthus, and gaillardia, awake from their winter slumber to embrace the joy of spring.
Hannah and Jonny
The majority of trees in the churchyard were planted in the 1870s, many only introduced in the country 20 or 30 years earlier. One yew is over 500 years old.
The wooden war memorial and the 14th century preaching cross are Herefordshire ‘one offs’.
The village war memorial (1920), is possibly a unique example of the work of carvers Fowler and Brindley, who were employed on the Albert Memorial. There only two such wooden memorials in the UK. Beautiful High Church reredos and altar, also interesting pew end carvings.
A half-acre retains many quality plants, shrubs and trees from earlier gardeners. In year twelve of development, the six gardens contain topiary of box, yew, holly, hawthorn and privet formalise the varied planning around the croquet lawn and gravel garden, kitchen garden and small ponds.
Anya Beaumont's sculptures add a ' je ne sais quoi', matching her mother's.
Julie and Tim
Themed borders surround lawn areas.
Julie and Tim.
This cottage garden, with lawns and borders with a variety of plants, shrubs and herbs has been looked after with nature's welfare in mind. There is a natural pond, small cider apple orchard and a vegetable patch.
The orchard’s cider produce is available for a contribution! All to the general fund.
Deborah and Nigel
Our garden has been used extensively through thick and thin. By firstly our own children, then our grandchildren and now our great granddaughter. Together with all the dogs who have shared our life here. many of the plants and shrubs have been named after friends who gave them to us.
Margaret and Geoff.