Open Gardens Event

ate Headingley: Open Gardens Event

We organised out first Open Gardens four years ago and of course, such events are only possible if willing people can be found who are prepared not just to give up a Sunday afternoon but also welcome visitors into their gardens. So a big thank you to everyone who has participated since 2005. Also we are extremely grateful to Oxfam Books on Headingley Lane who agreed to sell the tickets, without their help it would be virtually impossible to organise Open Gardens.

The first Open Gardens was arranged specifically to raise money for Headingley Network which was facing a large legal bill. We had no idea whether people would come along but as Oxfam kept running out of tickets we realised we had a success on our hands. Every year since the numbers of visitors have increased, this year it was 220. People clearly enjoy looking at other people’s gardens, keen gardeners discuss with the owners and other visitors aspects of horticulture, and it provides a great opportunity to bump into old friends and make new ones. One of the things many people comment on is how they never realised what great gardens there are Headingley. Secret gardens that can’t be seen from the public street or else are hidden away behind other buildings or up unmade roads. It’s a great way of getting to know different parts of Headingley.

Janet Douglas