Much Hadham Open Gardens Day to raise money for village church
The owners of 13 gorgeous gardens in Much Hadham will open them up to the public on Father's Day.
The Friends of Much Hadham Church, a team of volunteers who raise money towards the upkeep of St Andrew's, have organised Open Gardens Day on Sunday June 16, from noon to 5pm, the second such event.
Each of the beautifully kept gardens reflects its owners' passion for horticulture and all 13 are accessible from the High Street.
Barbara Doherty, of the Friends of Much Hadham Church, said: "All proceeds from the day will help to maintain the historic and important village church. We hope visitors will take this opportunity to visit the church in its tranquil setting and enjoy the splendour of the interior."
All the open gardens will be identifiable by a Savills board outside the house – the estate agent's Bishop's Stortford branch is sponsoring the event.
Admission to all the gardens costs £5 per adult (children go free). Visitors should register at the village hall in Oudle Lane, where there is free parking. Refreshments and cream teas will be served there from noon to 5pm.
THE GARDENS AND THEIR OWNERS
1. Chris Copper, 6 Oudle Lane, SG10 6DQ – this cottage-style garden is full of colour and features a pond, climbing roses, rare-breed chickens, ducks and water features.
2. Michael and Sandra McAdam, Penny Post Cottage, Malting Lane, SG10 6AW – a tiny, very pretty cottage garden.
3. Sue Wetherall, Redstocks, Malting Lane, SG10 6AN – a well-stocked garden of more than 30 years, featuring borders of roses, shrubs and perennials, and a pond with a small waterfall.
4. Janet Vear, Joyce Hunter & Ursula McNair – 1, 3 & 5 The Almshouses, Tower Hill, High Street, SG10 6DL – The Almshouses, rebuilt in 1866, have traditional cottage gardens with a great variety of plants. A footpath at the rear leads to all three gardens.
5. Cristina Harrison, curator, The Forge Museum, High Street, SG10 6BS – a Victorian garden, planted front and back with plants which would have been familiar in the 19th century. Admission to the Forge Museum via a donation.
6. Aubrey Barker & Jan Adams, Hopleys, High Street, SG10 6BU – formerly Hopleys Nursery. This garden will show acres of interesting and established shrubs and trees in a parkland setting.
7. Nicky & Hugh Labram, 1 Hall Cottages, High Street, SG10 6BZ – a small, well-established garden with a large range of plants. There will also be a plant stall. Unsuitable for wheelchair users.
8. Claire Uwins, The Crown House, High Street, SG10 6BY – this 17th-century home, formerly the Rose & Crown pub, has a little courtyard and red-brick walled garden. It blends old and new in a natural unfolding of stonework, cottage garden and zen-like flow. Refurbishment of a former sculpture studio, with a copper swinging chair, has created a lovely spot to relax and ponder.
9. Sue & Julian Lewthwaite, Manor Cottage, High Street, SG10 6DA – a sheltered east-facing garden which creates a haven off the High Street.
10. Ann Johnson, The Bank House, High Street, SG10 6BY – a courtyard garden with high brick walls once used as a yard to keep horses. This low-maintenance cottage garden is gravelled and includes a fountain.
11. Michael & Ashrafa Sutton, North Leys, High Street, SG10 6DB – this garden is designed to marry with the symmetry and proportion of the early Georgian house, and features wrought ironwork and brickwork typical of the style and design of the period. Stepping up from the large terrace are four perennials beds, and stepping up again, a peaceful pond garden. There is also a rose garden in full bloom and a walled garden with espaliered fruit trees, climbing roses and traditional shrubs. PLEASE NOTE: This garden closes at 4pm.
12. Sharon & Nick Gerard, The Old Rectory, Church Lane, SG10 6DH – once upon a time six full-time gardeners tended the ancient parkland gardens of this 17th-century property (with later additions). They contain trees mentioned in the Historic Register, including a black walnut and a giant redwood grown from American seeds which were also planted at Kew Gardens some 200 years ago. The River Ash flows through and there's a weir.
13. Diana & Martin Dillon, St Andrew's Cottage, Church Lane, SG10 6DH – two houses from different centuries joined together. The simple cottage garden has a path running round the back of the house with roses, flowers and shrub borders, surrounded by grass.