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Didsbury Open Gardens 17 June Arts Trail

Not only will we have over 30 open gardens and spaces but we will again offer the Arts Trail, with pop-up exhibitions by various artists in a number of gardens. A summerhouse will host an exhibition by photographer John Eastwood in the Welton Avenue garden, and Eric Jackson of ‘Statement Artworks’ will be a big draw. BBC presenter and DJ Mark Radcliffe described Eric’s work as ‘Brilliant, witty and acerbic’ – so don’t miss it (The Old Surgery Garden) if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, special to the north of England and not available on the high street?

Then there are the ceramicists including Peter Mackereth and Sarah Pink who will set up stall in the Mayfield Drive garden, Nick Roberson’s stonework and sculpture and a demonstration at St James Church, and the lovely Mosaic Birds by Sally Cartwright at one of the Broooklawn Drive gardens.

Lat but not least, visit the Dan Pearson garden at Maggie’s at The Christie and view the work of National Portrait Gallery exhibited artist, Lucy Burscough, who is artist in residence at Maggie’s.

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Didsbury Good Neighbours to help with this year’s event

Didsbury Good Neighbours (DGN) will be part of the Open gardens day this year, helping senior residents of Didsbury to get to some of the gardens and look around. The charity, which is based at the Holt Pavilion in Didsbury Park, run a variety of activities for people at the Cafe and also a weekly programme of events.

Volunteers support residents in the community and this year we are asking anyone who needs some help to visit some gardens to get in touch with DGN in good time and they will try and help out.  Contact them on Tel: 07749 504298 or email: More details are in the programme which goes on sale this weekend. See Home page for details of where to buy a programme.

News! ‘Loose Change’ buskers to play & Juliette Hamilton to exhibit at Didsbury Open Gardens event on 17 June

Great news!  Loose Change buskers will be entertaining visitors to the Broomcroft Hall Garden this year as part of Didsbury Open Gardens.  They will provide a great accompaniment to a picnic on the lawn in this lovely garden while raising money for Cancer Research. Loose Change Buskers

And Juliette Hamilton, our very own Didsbury Willow Sculptor, whose work is in great demand across the UK, will also exhibit at Broomcroft Hall Garden again this year.  We just love her work.  If you would like to see more visit her web site;  Juliette Hamilton Design

A special Didsbury Garden in November…

Even in November, Simon Hickey’s garden is still blooming fabulous!  Open Arms roses still blooming on the pergola, Ivy Gloire de Marengo looking a bit chewed but still good for November colour, the leucothoe scarletta with its purple coloration, at its best, Fatsia and acer palmatum making a nice contrast and pyracantha berries giving great colour even in October and November.

There’s also Chinese ragwort (sinacalia tangutica) which has lovely fluffy seedheads in autumn – spreads like mad though. And last but not least, an old rose inherited with the garden, still giving value – as they always do.


Looking ahead to 2018!

As we move into Autumn and then Winter, works continues in the garden.  And clearing out the shed!  We will also enjoy viewing potential new gardens over the coming weeks and revisiting gardens that have been part of the event over the years and are now coming back.

It’s time to think about the 2018 event in terms of ideas for arts trails, entertainment, and which charities to support this year.  We can only hope for good weather at this stage and meanwhile focus on planting schemes and look forward to enjoying another Spring and Summer in the garden.


Didsbury Open Gardens, June 2016.

Gardens. Art. And a lovely day out – all for charity.

The Didsbury Open Gardens event last took place on Sunday 12th June 2016.  Both hosts old and new shared their beautiful gardens with the public.  Many of the gardens displayed works of art, including sculpture, paintings, crafts, pottery and much more.

Since the launch of the event in 2008, they have managed to raise over £50,000.00 for charities such as St. Annes Hospice, the Maggie’s Centre at The Christie and numerous other charities benefitted from sales of tea and cakes, pottery and plants.