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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.