June 2019 local events diary No9: Frimley Green Gardens Open: Sunday 9th June

A big oops – have omitted the floriferous Frimley Green Gardens Open Day event on Sunday 9th June. We’re regular visitors to the gardens, always begining with cake and tea on the Green.

I’ve added the event to my diary recap list HERE.

Plenty of gardening ideas from Frimley Green Gardens Open Day

We visited the Frimley Green Gardens Open Day yesterday. Ten gardens in all were open between 2.0 pm and 6.0 pm. As happened in previous years we ran out of puff to visit them all. We began with tea and cake on Frimley Green, provided by Frimley Green Guides, and we ended our visit with another cup of tea on the Green. If truth be told, we were the last customers for tea on the Green.

The gardens and allotments provide floral and gardening interest, though for us we get as much fun by chatting to the garden and allotment owners. That we visited seven of the ten gardens, including the Church on the Green, was a surprise to us as we were flagging towards the end.

Lovely to visit the two new gardens open this year, photos 3 and 4 for 1 Milden Gardens, and photos 12 to 15 for Bedfords Farm, 5 The Hatches. Both top quality experiences. The photo of the blue pot is because the owner said the copper band around it stops the slugs getting to the Hosta.

New gardens added to Frimley Green Open Gardens Day

We do try and go to the Frimley Green Open Gardens Day. The variety of gardens, gardening styles, occasional yummy refreshments, make for a pleasant Sunday afternoon.

So it’s with enthusiasm we look forward to viewing the new gardens, making for 10 in all. In our last visit we didn’t manage to visit all of the eight gardens. So, this year, should we get to go, we’ll need to plan our route carefully, while we sit and each cake, and drink tea on Frimley Green’s Green.

Traditional and modern gardens on show at Frimley Green Village Open Gardens Day

There were nine gardens to visit at the Frimley Green Open Gardens Day yesterday. We managed to visit seven, missing out the Wharf Road Allotments, and 156 Frimley Green Road, only because the route we took from the Green was to the Church on the Green then to Bedford Lane and onto Henley Drive for garden number eight.

Charged up with tea and cake from the Frimley Green Guides and our map and garden guide we spent three and a half hours wandering around Frimley Green. Naturally, me being an inveterate talker, we got into many an enjoyable conversation. Some with the garden owners, others with visitors, especially when we found ourselves in the company of others on a similar route to us.

While all the gardens were interesting and fun to visit, with occasional humourous items, three gardens stood out. The small rear garden of Jim and Margaret Lawrence in Bedford Avenue had a garden path and path edging of recycled rubber, pleasing to walk on, and being black gave strong colour contrast to the garden.

Round the corner from the Lawrences in Bedford Crescent, Susan Philbin’s gardens, front and rear, were full of garden adornments within a strong modern design and many striking plants. The garden at Wildwood in The Hatches, well known to Frimley Green residents is of traditional English garden design with deep borders. Annie and Richard Keighley have created, in their words, “a magical haven for wildlife, a romantic showcase for tumbling roses and a peaceful leafy retreat”. Here are my photos of our visits,

Gardens to visit in Surrey at Easter

The National Garden Scheme is the biggest garden-based charity fundraiser in England and Wales. With 79 gardens open in Surrey in the year, there’s sure to be a garden to suit your taste.

Over Easter the following gardens are open,

  • Sunday 16th April: Caxton House, 67 West Street, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 9DA. Lovely large spring garden with Arboretum, 2 well stocked ponds, large collection of hellebores and spring flowers.
  • Sunday 16th April: The Chalet, Tupwood Lane, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 6ET. The Chalet sits on top of a steep hill with magnificent views towards the South Downs. Ponds have encouraged a myriad of wildlife, including newts, frogs, grass snakes, ducks and herons.
  • Monday 17th April: Coverwood Lakes, Peaslake Road, Ewhurst, Surrey, GU6 7NT. 14 acre landscaped garden in stunning position high in the Surrey Hills with 4 lakes and bog garden.
  • Monday 17th April: Timber Hill, Chertsey Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8JF. Beautifully kept 15 acre park like garden and woodland with views to N Downs.

Don’t forget to put Sunday 11th June in your diary, it’s the Frimley Green Gardens Open Day. There are 4 gardens to visit, and if memory serves me right, there’s tea and cake in each one. See HERE for more details.