Open Gardens season launches on early May Bank Holiday Monday


Katharine House’s Roseann Thompson and Rachel Burns get ready for Open Gardens 2024

There’s still time for others to open their gardens and raise money for Katharine House

With mother nature leaping back into life and colourful blooms appearing around our area we’re being invited to see how other people have harnessed the beauty of the seasons in their gardens.

Katharine House Hospice’s popular Open Gardens scheme is back for 2024, with the first garden open in Adderbury in a couple of weeks.

Each year hundreds of visitors enjoy a stroll around usually private gardens in return for a small entry donation to the Hospice.

Gardens in Middleton Cheney, Culworth, Chipping Norton, Broughton Grange and South Newington will also welcome the public this year.

The season opens on May 6 – the early May Bank Holiday Monday – at The Old Vicarage in Adderbury.  Set in 16 acres of beautiful countryside, the property has large front and back gardens, a walled vegetable garden, an arboretum with a lake and pond, and two large meadows bounded by a brook, as well as trees from three continents.

Owners Christine and Sir Peter Job said: “We have been building our garden and arboretum over nearly 30 years to our great pleasure, which we are happy to share with others, especially under the banner of an important cause such as the Katharine House Hospice.”

A number of plants, trees and shrubs are being given away and children can enjoy a scavenger hunt.

Since its inception the Open Gardens scheme has been a huge success raising tens of thousands of pounds for Katharine House.  This year’s event is sponsored by Graf UK.

Community Engagement Manager for KHH Roseann Thompson said: “The Open Gardens for Katharine House has given a vast amount of pleasure to thousands of people over the years and are also a great opportunity for people to show off their gardening handywork!

“We are so grateful to our supporters who are generously opening their gardens to the public to raise money for Katharine House. looking forward to seeing how the gardens have developed over the last year, and being introduced to new ones too.”

There is still time for keen gardeners to sign up to the Open Gardens scheme.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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