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Open Gardens on Sunday 25th June 2017 was a great success: 20 residents – an unprecedented number – opened their gardens (half of them on Victor Road) and it was also possible to have a look at the communal shed, tidied up by some volunteers.
Ticket sales raised £160, the Name the Bear competition and card sales £28, Anna and Margaret £41 with the sale of their jam/plants.
All of this will go to a local charity: St. Christopher’s Hospice.

Many thanks for Diane, Adrian, Susie (who ran the children’s activities), Barbara (who took Beatrice the teddy bear round the gardens), Jane (who inspected some of the gardens as Gertrude Jekyll) and Franco for organising the event, to Steve of Victor Road for printing the flyers, to John at the Alexandra Nurseries for very kindly hosting the “bring & share” event that ended the day.
And, of course, a huge thank you to all the residents who opened their gardens and showcased their skills and passion. And to all of you who bought tickets and visited.

If you missed the event or some of the gardens, you can have a look at the pictures below:

Created with flickr slideshow.

(if the slideshow doesn’t work, you can access the album here)

A big thank you to Diane and Adrian for organising the event, to John at the Alexandra Nurseries for hosting the get-together in the evening and for judging the competitions with Colin, and to everyone who helped.

And of course to all of you who opened their gardens (13 this year) or supported the event by purchasing tickets and visiting the gardens.
Even the weather managed to stay dry for the afternoon!

Created with flickr slideshow.

If the slideshow above, doesn’t work you can access the set of pictures here:
Open Gardens 2015 – The Competitions

Created with flickr slideshow.

Open Gardens 2015 – The Gardens and the Get-together

Please let us know if you would be happy to open your garden on the day ! Some people might like to open for just 2 hours so that they can visit other gardens.

It’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and make new friends on the estate, see how they enjoy their garden, their favourite plants, and take inspiration !

Contact [email protected] if you’d like to be part of the planning committee or have any suggestions.

See for previous years.

Your road representative, or a member of the committee, will be calling on you during the next few weeks to check if you would like to open your garden and sell you tickets for the afternoon.

Please note: This is a pre-paid ticket only event – £3 per household
Check the ARA website or join updates on what’s going on.

Many thanks to Matthew, Edward Road for the lovely pictures.

A big thank-you to all the residents who opened their gardens yesterday and to all those who purchased tickets.
We sold 29 tickets making £87 for ARA. 17 tickets were given free to those who opened their gardens.

The raffle was rather slow but in the end made £37 for the Living Well/Food Bank projects at Holy Trinity Church.
A big thank you to all those who supported the raffle by either giving prizes or buying tickets.
There are several prizes unclaimed; the winning tickets are as follows:

667 Bottle of Cockburn’s Port
712 Bottle of white wine
718 Bottle of Absinthe
731 Alan Titchmarsh Garden Radio
773 Set of covered hangers

Please contact Shirley at 131 Victor Road or ring 020 8778 9422 if you have one of the winning tickets.

Thank you everyone for such a great day.

For more information, please contact Shirley.

In spite of the heavy rain, the Open Gardens event was a success!

Here are some pictures of the 17 gardens that were open to residents and their friends.

(If the slideshow doesn’t play, you can access the pictures here).


Thank you to everyone who had paid their £3 for a ticket; tickets will be distributed within the next seven days.
If you were out when we called and would like a ticket please put £3 in an envelope with your name and address, and leave at no. 131, Victor Road as soon as possible.

Please note it will not be possible to buy a ticket on the day.

Donations for the raffle very welcome at 131 Victor.

The 15 gardens that are open will be listed both on the reverse of your ticket and on a separate list on which owners have given a brief description.
Each open garden will display a fluorescent card in their garden with the OPEN GARDENS logo printed on it.
A special thank you to everyone opening their garden.

If you have any queries, please contact Shirley here.

On Sunday June 5th we will be holding our fourth Open Gardens event.
We hope that all our enthusiastic gardeners are already making plans to open their gardens and we look forward to hearing from you.

We hope that 15 back gardens will be open on the estate during a four hour period from 2 pm.

    Each household

can purchase a ticket for £3 to visit any of the gardens that are on the “open” list.
The ticket can also be used by friends and family.

There will be a raffle, a plant stall and hopefully we will continue into the evening if a suitable venue can be found.

We need to know by the end of April if you are willing to open your garden so that the list can be compiled and the tickets printed.

Please let us know if your garden has any special features, is a particular type or has plants of particular interest so that details can be included in the programme.

Please contact Shirley, 131 Victor Road (020 8778 9422) or us here if you are willing to open your garden or if you need any further details.

(video by Lynne, Edward Rd)

In 2009 the Open Gardens event raised money for two charities

These are the letters of thanks from the 2 associations that received £50 each, raised at the Open Gardens event: