I spent last Saturday getting sweaty and hot and a tad sunburnt at Harlington in Bloom, part of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign where private gardens are open to the public. We started at the village hall where we made a donation (50% goes to support Water Aid and the rest to cover the organisations costs) and got an entry stamp for the gardens and a map of the village. Altogether thirteen gardens were open to the public, spread across the village.
The map included a brief description of each garden as well as information on facilities (eg toilets) and accessibility. Helium balloons and good signage meant you could easily spot participating properties as you walked around – some big events could learn from this. There were plenty of friendly faces to point you in the right direction too.
The gardens varied from a tiny little terrace courtyard up to a massive seven acres.
These pictures come from my favourite garden of the day, a huge wrap around garden that had entertaining/BBQ area, a small woodland trail, Rustic wooden furniture, greenhouse, water feature, chickens and even a swimming pool.
We finished the day off with a cider in the pub, well deserved after a long day of walking.