- The Vicarage
- Church Street
- CB22 7NP
Open Gardens 7 - 8 July 2018
Harston’s first Open Gardens weekend attracted a steady stream of visitors on a hot summer’s weekend to see the 14 gardens whose owners had worked tirelessly to put on a good show in spite of challenging drought conditions in the weeks before the event.
A wide variety of gardens included both established and new gardens in varying styles from one end of the village to the other. Plants and veg were on sale and additional attractions included live music performed by local musicians, rides on a miniature railway in London Road, rare breed pig and sheep viewing and bee keepers off Church Street and, of course, teas:
The Local History Group prepared a fascinating display about the history of the gardens on view.
The children of Harston & Newton CP School took part in a competition to make Miniature Gardens and were awarded Chelsea-style medal certificates and prizes.
The event raised over £1700 to be split between the Church Restoration Fund and Darwin Nurseries, a charity providing employment to young people with physical and mental health challenges.
A very big thank you to all the gardeners as well as the many others who helped both in the run up with fundraising, marketing, preparation of signs and baking and all those who helped on the day with teas. Thank you, also to local companies which supported the event to defray costs.