Welcome. Saturday 13th May we hope the weather is clement and Putley's renowned orchard blossom is yet on the bough. Our garden owners are toiling even now, with some trepidation, helping raise money for the upkeep of the Parish Hall and Church. Last year it was over £1300.
Our success is down to three factors: our generous gardeners, superb village teas, and good value plants for sale.
All the gardens are accessible on foot from the car parks, which are well signed, and are, in the main, on paths through the beautiful orchards and pastures. We have taken note of helpful suggestions and the walkers will find their routes clearly way-marked.
We would suggest that the Church, Lower Court, Abbots Place and Twynings are best reached on foot from the Village Hall. On-road parking is possible for Newlands and The Twern. Parking in a field 400 yards from Sheepcote. There is at least one disabled parking place at all the venues.
Tickets (with a map), £5.00 (under 15’s go free). No dogs, please. Refreshments (1.00 - 4.30), plants and raffle at the Village Hall.
If you use our narrow roads to walk between gardens, please keep an ear for approaching traffic and follow The Highway Code. Enjoy your day. Thanks for your support. More info? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Nest, Little Verzons
Newent Garden Centre, Little Verzons
Richard Tooby, Agricultural Engineers
Putley villagers and others have made contributions in lieu. Their generosity is acknowledged with thanks.
We have been at Newlands for a considerable time. A small, established garden lovingly tended surrounds an early 19th century house.
A cottage garden bordered by common land with mature trees, it has herbaceous borders, long established rhododendrons and camellias, ponds and gravel areas.
There is a vintage summer house.
Margaret and Geoff.
The views straight into the orchards are what make our garden. In May they're a marvellous mass of pink. Our new water feature pays homage. Then there's the once-sludge-covered pond. Now cleared and aerated, success, it's enticed back the ducks!
We've kept the borders near the house formal and elsewhere nature takes its course.
Sharon and Terry.
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.
Our triangular quarter-acre has venerable oak trees at either end. Top Oak shelters the kitchen garden, Bottom Oak the swing and wild garden.
In between are topiary and sculpture, gravel garden with box, lavender and heather beds, ponds, hydrangea and azalea beds.
Themed borders surround lawn areas.
Julie and Tim.
The garden was laid out by Lancelot Riley (nearly Brown), son of John Riley of Putley Court, in 1921. The rhododendrons and azaleas together with yew hedges are contemporary.
We have added sculpture to the fore-garden and, to ease bending in the kitchen garden, sensibly high raised beds.
Elizabeth and Ray.
Herbaceous and raised vegetable beds, lawn and mulberry tree. Ornamental and fruit trees underplanted with bulbs, cowslips, fritillaries and camassias.
Paddock with small orchard, huge perry pear and ‘wild’ corner with dewpond. Wisteria, banksia rose, clematis and roses up trellis and trees.
Margins deliberately weedy for our dormice and hedgehogs.
Josephine and Simon.