Glorious gardens open their gates to visitors

Just Regional
Jun 28, 2024 2 mins read

WENDY SADLER, of Aylsham in Bloom, reflects on this year’s Open Gardens weekend.


Aylsham gardeners had been working hard to present beautiful spaces to the expected visitors.

The weather forecast kept changing and the only certain thing was that it was unpredictable! However, garden lovers are an intrepid bunch and gradually, having studied the forecast, began to arrive armed with umbrellas and stout shoes. They all agreed that the effort was worth it.

The feedback from the visitors lifted everyone’s spirits. Comments included: “Stunning – the gardeners are to be congratulated” and “a friendly welcome, very enjoyable, thank you.”

Visitors were particularly grateful for the shelter offered in the gardens when the heavens opened on Sunday with a huge hail and thunderstorm. One gardener took the visitors into her home where a group stayed for some time drinking tea, eating cake and getting to know people they had never met before – talking about the ups and downs of life and slugs!

After the storm, the sun came out and the gardens sparkled with raindrops like jewels on the freshly washed leaves. Many of the visitors came from other parts of the country and confirmed what we already know – that Aylsham is an interesting place, offering a warm welcome.

Fundraising over the weekend went well and ticket sales raised £2,260 for Aylsham in Bloom. This will pay for the planting and upkeep of their tubs around the town. The gardeners raised money for various good causes including £450 for Motor Neurone Disease; £135 for Blood Cancer UK; £85 for Aylsham Care Trust; £235 for Aylsham Community Gym; £250 for the Alzheimer’s Society; £50 each for the Aylsham Methodist Church and the YMCA, plus a further £315 for Aylsham in Bloom.

In conclusion, everyone agreed that it had been a successful weekend, effectively demonstrating Aylsham’s well know community spirit. Many thanks go to all the garden owners and volunteers for making it all work so well.

BEAUTIFUL: Photos from this year’s Aylsham in Bloom Open Gardens weekend. Pictures: IAN GRAVENELL

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