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.
There are three waymarked routes accessing some of the gardens, using footpaths through orchards and pastures, providing a chance to enjoy the apple blossom, wildflowers and wildlife, before (and after) visiting a carefully tended open garden. Walking is not mandatory (although good for us!). It is a two-and-a-half-mile route by car and all the gardens have adjacent parking (a three-minute walk at most).
This year there are seven gardens adding to the variety; including one that has been tended by the same family for 30 years. Others have developed over the last 2 - 5 years and the newest is a work in progress, where ancient fruit trees, azaleas and much more besides has been discovered. Not to mention a beautiful quarter acre plot with themed borders, and a contemporary styled South facing garden created 4 years ago.
Visitors to Putley Open Gardens are also encouraged to explore Putley Church and its lovingly cared-for churchyard. Of particular interest, an unusual oak and teak War Memorial, a very fine medieval Preaching Cross, specimen trees, the possibility of emerging wildflowers and delightful views over the adjacent duck pond.
Everything starts (and finishes) at the Parish Hall, HR8 2QN, where all day refreshments will be available: bacon butties from 10.00am - midday, soup and rolls from 12.00 - 2.30pm, cakes and teas from 2.30 - 4.00pm. Plus tombola and plant sales.
Entrance ticket is £5 per person and no charge for children under 15. Dogs are not allowed in the gardens. More info? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Another year on - the lavender path has been revitalised and structure introduced to the parterre and courtyard garden with a combination of lavender, geraniums, and topiary trees.
The wildflower garden continues to deliver its surprises. We hope the new additions to the herbaceous beds, which include roses, salvia, heucheras, lupins, alliums, agapanthus, and gaillardia, awake from their winter slumber to embrace the joy of spring.
Elaine and John
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.
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.
The half-acre retains many quality plants, shrubs and trees from earlier days. Presented as six separate gardens (but dominated by two c200 year old oaks) with topiary box, yew, holly, hawthorn and privet. These formalise the varied planning around the croquet lawn and gravel garden; beds with heathers, azaleas, lavender, herbaceous perennials and bulbs; kitchen garden and small pond.
Julie and Tim
Themed borders surround lawn areas.
Julie and Tim.
This relatively new garden is now in its fifth year. The planting is now fairly mature, and some areas are more successful than others.
The upper level is a flower garden with lawn and the lower level a potager and cutting garden.
There is also a woodland walk on the other side of the drive.
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
A contemporary styled garden, developed over the last three years. Generally hot, south facing and sheltered but, one side of the house has no sun at all in the Winter.
Contained beds, a long herbaceous border. Terrace with bottlebrushes, olive trees and other sun loving plants in pots. Recent planting of Asian Wonder bamboo (complementing Acer Katsura) with damson, cherry and greengage softening the garage drive.
Caroline and Guy
A somewhat overgrown but previously loved garden bordered by an ancient apple and walnut orchard which we took on two years ago.
We are dividing it into smaller areas. For example the white garden. There is a generous display of hellebores and some nice specimen trees but the garden is very much a work in progress.
Bunny and Philip