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Over £13,000 raised for charities

Over 1400 visitors enjoyed this year’s event and more than 30 open spaces and gardens.  The charities that benefited included Maggie’s, St Anns Hospice, Didsbury Good Neighbours, Cancer Research UK, Genesis Appeal, Centre Point, Cystic Fibrosis and others.

A big thank you for supporting the event and to our hosts, musicians, artists, volunteers, and all involved.  It was a lovely day across Didsbury and congratulations are due to everyone involved for the money raised for charity.

Many thanks to Julian Wadden for sponsoring the programme.

Hope to see you next year!

2018 Open Gardens Details for Didsbury In Bloom

Flock to Didsbury Open Gardens on Sunday 17 June

With over 30 spaces and gardens, and 8 new gardens this year, plus music, and an Arts Trail, who would want to miss the event on Sunday 17 June.  We have some interesting art being exhibited this year, and no more so than the new collection of Mosaic Birds created by Sally Cartwright for the Didsbury Open Gardens. Inspired by the flying birds from the Willow Pattern and a study of seagulls. Use of broken china from 1970’s kitchen ware, Victorian dinner plates, and a few Orla Kiely accidents – finished with gold leaf.

Her Birds can be viewed in one of our Parkfield Rd South gardens next Sunday and are guaranteed to catch the eye as you wander around this large, beautifully planted family garden.

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: info@didsburygoodneighbours.org.uk. More details are in the programme which goes on sale this weekend. See Home page for details of where to buy a programme.