Sunday 24th June 2018
2.00 until 6.00pm
Open Gardens fundraising events are becoming popular across the country, but few have been an annual event for as long as Shere Open Gardens which this year is celebrating its 40th event with around 30 beautiful private gardens open to the public on Sunday 24th June.
Shere which is one of the most picturesque villages in Surrey nestles at the foot of the North Downs between Guildford and Dorking. Whether you are a keen gardener or simply curious to see behind the lichen covered walls and manicured hedges, Shere Open Gardens gives a glimpse into quintessential England and offers an enjoyable afternoon wandering around gardens in full bloom.
This is an especially celebratory year for Shere Open Gardens and with this in mind there will be more gardens on show than ever before – around 30 are preparing for the big day – from sheltered courtyards full of spectacular flowering pots and containers or classic colourful cottage gardens festooned with roses, poppies and lupins in the heart of the village, to a great selection of larger elegantly landscaped gardens with sculptured planting and verdant lawns.
The Tillingbourne river snakes through Shere and makes its presence in many of the gardens either as a backdrop or the focal point and there are two spectacular water gardens to be visited at Netley Mill House and The Old Netley Mill.
There will be a plant sale, an over-the-wall gardeners’ question time at the allotments, a Pimms Stall run by members of the cricket club, and the mums from Shere School will be serving home-made teas in the village hall.
The funds raised by the event are split between about 15 local causes aimed at all ages and stages in the community, from the Shere School and the Cricket Club to the Pensioner’s Christmas Party and the local Veterans.