Secret Gardens 2015

Well, the day finally arrived that we’d been preparing for, for what seemed like ages. The Secret Gardens of Oxton 2015! This event has been going for 14 years now and is a huge deal. It’s even won tourism awards in the area. The idea is that around 25 gardens in the village, of all shapes and sizes, open their gates to the general public for the day, allowing people to have a nosey around your garden. Money is raised mainly by ticket sales, £6 in advance or £8 on the day.  There’s lots of entertainment going on around the village including carousels, craft stalls, musicians and punch & judy. There are hundreds of volunteers that help run the event and all money raised goes to local charities. My hubby has been an absolute star, working tirelessly getting the garden looking amazing. I’m very proud of him and our beautiful garden.

Now believe it or not, I have been quite reserved in my photo taking. Just bear with me, I hope you enjoy visiting our little garden…

   
                       

This herb ladder was quite a talking point on the day. Lots of people off to dig out their old wooden ladders and a paintbrush!

  
We had a good few thousand visitors this year, the most so far we think.

   
     

It was quite bizarre having to wait for complete strangers to come past before I could move around my own garden. They all had such lovely things to say about it though, it was really nice to hear all the hard work has paid off.

We had the great pleasure of live music in our garden too, courtesy of my friends dad. He was amazing, and created a real ambience.

   
 

The chickens were on top form too. They were one of the most talked about things all day!

 
Here’s a closer look at some of our pretty plants. 

   
           

All in all it was a very successful day, which we rounded off with our first BBQ of the year. And now we have our garden back to enjoy for ourselves.

Happy gardening! Xx

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