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Sneaking a peek May 23, 2011

Filed under: This and that — lauravw @ 7:46 pm

I love an open gardens event. It seems so British to open your garden to all and sundry, to let them wander among your flowerbeds and comment on the standard of your roses.

On Saturday we went to a local open gardens event that we’ve been to in previous years. Some of the gardens were new to us, and others we’d seen before. One that we had loved on a previous visit was closed when we tried to take a look, so I had to try to recreate it in my mind’s eye as we arrived at the closed garden gate.

What I’d be even more keen to go on is an open house tour – on a gardens tour, you just get the odd fleeting glimpse of what life is like inside each home. For the most part it looks chaotic – I suppose people who have invested weeks getting the garden show-ready have had to somewhat neglect the inside of their homes… But other houses look more appealing, and I want to have a good nose around.

One family did invite us into their home for a look, and it was fascinating. They lived in a big Victorian house, and it really felt Victorian. There was clutter everywhere, but so much of it seemed to be in keeping with the character of the house.

Another aspect of the day that I enjoyed was the cake: in the scout hut (again, a very British place to be on a Saturday afternoon) was a huge array of cakes, brownies, and other baked goods, served on gingham tablecloths with cups of orange squash and pots of tea.

There’s another open gardens event soon, in a very interesting part of Nottingham, and so I’m hoping the weather will be kind so that we can go and explore that part of the city.


3 Responses to “Sneaking a peek”

  1. PinkCatJo Says:

    I’d really like to go to an Open Gardens event. They sound fun and really inspiring, plus the tea sounds very good! Do you have many in your area? I’m never quite sure where to look to find out what’s on in London. x

  2. lauravw Says:

    Here’s the National Garden Scheme website, with details of events in London:

  3. One thing’s for sure, I couldn’t open up the garden (or house) here! Fencing is being replaced as I type this and a lot of mature shrubs have been lopped in the process. Looks like a bomb site.

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