Harlington in Bloom

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.

Signs outside all participating properties

Signs outside all participating properties

The gardens varied from a tiny little terrace courtyard up to a massive seven acres.

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Lovely Borders at a bungalow

 

Patio Pots

Patio Pots

Bright Borders

Bright Borders

Terrace garden pond

Terrace garden pond

Lovely sun room and border at a farm house

Lovely sun room and border at a farm house

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Pond at Farm House

Garden Arch

Garden Arch

 

This garden went on forever

This garden went on forever

Arch

Arch

 

Water Feature

Water Feature

Ducks who ar banned from above pond for antisocial behaviour

Ducks who are banned from above pond for antisocial behaviour

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.

Rustic wooden table and Chairs

Rustic wooden table and Chairs

Woodland Trail

Woodland Trail

Green House

Green House

BBQ area and my friend trying to convince people it was her house!

BBQ area and my friend trying to convince people it was her house!

Water feature at front of house

Water feature at front of house

 

We finished the day off with a cider in the pub, well deserved after a long day of walking.

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