This summer there will be another opportunity to visit some of the lovely gardens in the North Pennine village of Garrigill near Alston. The event, a "Garden Gander," first took place two years ago and was such a success that villagers have decided to welcome visitors to visit the open gardens and enjoy home-made teas again on Sunday 13th July.
There will be twelve gardens and a clutch of allotments open to the public. Many people will be aware that the village stands at 1100 feet, so the gardens and the allotments are a tribute to the resilience and creativity of local gardeners.
Plants grown in the village and a range of used garden tools will be on sale at Pennine Perennials, the well-known nursery with adjoining garden, as well as the great range of plants always on offer. There will be an array of flowers on display in St John's Church, which is renowned as the church which welcomes the many walkers and cyclists who pass through the village.
Traditional cream teas will be served in the Village Hall, which will also have an exhibition of paintings and drawings by local artists.
There have been changes in that some different gardens will be on show. Others have changed ownership, bringing fresh and vibrant ideas, and one garden has been newly designed and planted just this year. Of the original gardens, a number have embarked on new projects in the last two years, proving that nothing ever stands still where gardening is concerned. One of the outstanding aspects of Garrigill gardens is the beautiful setting of the village, which means that splendid views are often visible from different angles within the gardens, bringing a striking and unique aspect for visitors.
The gardens will be open from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm. Tickets are £3 each, with free admission for children under 12. Proceeds from ticket and other sales will go to support Garrigill Village Hall Fund.