The 2017 edition of the popular Lymington Open Gardens event will take place on Sunday 14 May from 2 – 6pm. With seventeen gardens to visit, including several new ones, there will be something to appeal to every taste.
The gardens vary in size from graciously large to small courtyard gardens. They range from quintessential English gardens with lawns, herbaceous borders and roses right in the centre of Lymington to others designed for low maintenance with raised beds, paving and gravel. Several gardens have ‘garden rooms’ in different styles. One has been designed as a quiet, contemplative space, away from the bustle of the High Street. There are vegetable gardens, ponds, paths, pergolas and patios in varying styles. You can see what may be one of the oldest plane trees in England, a fine Scarlet Oak in another garden, and a wildflower meadow in yet another. Some are mature gardens, while others are quite new. Whether you are a plants-person or are interested in garden design and layout, these gardens are packed full of ideas; you are bound to find something relevant to your own needs, however large or small your own garden. And the garden owners will be on hand to discuss your ideas and answer your questions.
Admission to the gardens is by programme, costing £6 per adult, and these will be available from 1 May from St Barbe Museum’s temporary shop in the Beagley Room, Lymington Centre, New Street, Lymington, and on the day itself from just before 2 pm at any of the gardens. The programme includes a map to help you plan your afternoon; details of the gardens are available now at http://lymingtonopengardens.weebly.com. Teas with home-made cakes will be available at two gardens, and there will be plant stalls packed with interesting plants at several more. Many gardens are within walking distance of each other, or a bicycle might enable you to get round all seventeen. Parking details are also given on the programme. All but two of the gardens are wheelchair accessible, at least in part.
If you are coming from outside Lymington, why not arrive early, enjoy a coffee in one of the town’s many cafés, stroll down to the Quay or round the sea wall, and then lunch in one of the popular pubs and restaurants to build up your strength for a busy afternoon of garden-visiting.