Didsbury Open Gardens

For Manchester’s garden lovers, the Didsbury Open Gardens charity event is on soon.

By Lee Isherwood | 19 April 2011

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Didsbury Open Gardens – Blooming Great!

For Manchester’s garden lovers, the Didsbury Open Gardens charity event just can’t be beaten and when it comes to a blooming great afternoon out with the chance to have a nosey at other people’s gardens, this is one event not to be missed!

More than 25 public and private gardens will open this year, in aid of St Anne’s Hospice and The Alzheimers Society. Last year 1,000 people, young and old, walked or cycled between the gardens and the event raised over £8,000 for good causes. The organisers hope to smash through the £25,000 barrier this year, which also happens to be the 40th Anniversary of St Anne’s Hospice.

There are bountiful delights and secret gardens, scrumptious cakes, live Jazz and beautiful sculpture by local artist Judy Taylor. Then there’s the Chainsaw Wood carving from Didsbury’s very own Andy Burgess and an exhibition of Mosaic flowers, made by pupils from Elm Grove and Broad Oak primary schools. Local artist, Sally Almond, who ran the school mosaics workshops will also be exhibiting some of her own sculptures that will soon be at The Eden Project where Sally will run workshops. The Open Gardens Photography competition will also be repeated after last year’s success.

All the family can enjoy Didsbury Open Gardens, knowing that it is in a very good cause. The event will take place on Sunday 12 June from 12 noon till 5.30pm. Programmes are available from 3 May, at The Cheese Hamlet, Inman’s Newsagents and Delia’s Florist. Cost £5. Go to www.didsburyopengardens.org for news and updates.