Village opens up private gardens
By Nicky Carter - Reporter
GARDENING enthusiasts are in for a treat on Sunday, June 9, with more than 20 gardens lined up to for visitors to explore as part of an annual fundraising event which has ‘blossomed’ over the years.
For the past 15 years, residents of Whorlton have been opening up their gardens for visitors to take a peek around to raise funds for their village hall.
And as the plants and shrubs have grown, so have the number of residents taking part.
This year’s event has 22 well-tended gardens opening their gates between 2pm and 5pm for visitors to wander around.
Jane Robineau, chairwoman of the village hall committee, said the event was well attended last year with just under 400 visitors visiting.
She said: “We’ve been doing this for a number of years and it is getting bigger and bigger each year.”
Visitors will be provided with a map of participating gardens, each of which have a ‘point of interest’.
Bluebell Organics will also be attending, with a stall selling vegetables, plants and fruit.
Afternoons teas, with a fine array of cakes and scones from the residents’ bakers, will be served at the village hall, where there will also be a tombola and raffle.
The star prize on offer is a set of tickets to the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show with priority parking.
Ms Robineau added: “It’s a great event and allows us to put on lots of other activities throughout the year for the village.
“It is possible that we do some of the best afternoon teas in the dale.
“I know we have some visitors who will have a scone and cup of tea before looking at the gardens and another afterwards.”