Didsbury Open Gardens 2015
Come rain or shine, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see some of Didsbury’s most stunning, horticultural gems!
On Sunday 14 June, more than 25 private and public gardens will throw open their gates during Didsbury Open Gardens 2015. A highlight of the local calendar, the event is expected to attract more than 1,000 visitors and raise thousands of pounds for charity, including St Ann’s Hospice.
Between 11.30 am and 5.30 pm, visitors can look forward to experiencing a huge range of beautiful gardens – traditional and modern, large and small - whilst enjoying live music, art, tea and cake. There will also be a number of special one-off events, including some surprises!
Visit the infamous ‘pestaurant’ at Broomcroft Hall and feastat the free mini-bug buffet. Rare delicacies such as salt & vinegar crickets, Mexican spice mealworms, scorpion lollipops and chocolate covered bugs will all feature on the menu. Meanwhile, members of the Specialist Bird Team will also be on hand with their spectacular birds of prey, which are flown at venues such as football stadiums, ports and retail parks as a natural deterrent to problem pigeons and gulls.
Founded in 2008 by local resident and community champion, Maria Stripling, Didsbury Open Gardens has so far raised more than £45,000 for charity.
Said Maria: ‘We’re looking forward this year to bumping into old friends and to welcoming the many new visitors we hope will join us for this lovely, community event. There are some new gardens as well as old favourites, with plenty to suit all interests, including a church garden and timed, guided tours of the allotments and Parsonage Gardens.
‘I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon than strolling around a beautiful garden. At the same time, it’s a brilliant opportunity toraise much-needed funds for deserving, local causes.’ Pick up a programme (£5) now from either The Cheese Hamlet in Didsbury Village or Fusion Deli on Lapwing Lane.