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The third Chorlton Open Gardens on June 23rd 2013 was another success despite the cold and wind. Plants were late flowering due to the cold spring and early summer but there was plenty of colour and interest as well as plenty of refreshments to keep visitors energy up. There was again much variety from small yards to larger gardens, two allotment sites, one specialising in herbs. We had our first garden with chickens which provoked a lot of interest and gardeners shared other ideas on building green roofs, keeping slugs off hostas (vaseline around the pot), plants to dye fabrics and making ponds as well as suggestions of plants and design.

The event raised nearly £7,000 for the charity Freedom from Torture for which they are extremely grateful. £1000 of this was donated to the Manchester centre so that their music therapy group ‘Stone Flowers’ who work with Musicians without Borders can make a CD of songs they have composed themselves. The Manchester centre is still very busy and receives over 10 referrals a fortnight for counselling and Medical Legal reports.

We are having a rest next year but another event is planned for 2015. If you would like to open your garden or know someone who does please press ‘contact’ and we will come and give you details of what it would entail. Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the past three years.



  1. Hi Merryn & Dave,

    I am presently in Newport till 25th Jan. please get in touch via e-mail t explore if i could come up there!

  2. Thanks for a lovely day gardens and gaedeners. Great map (as we’re not locals) and made some good contacts for North West Herb Group

  3. Might be a good idea to give opening times for ticket outlets. Just driven down to Creative Recycling, Tuesday, to find it only opens Wed – Sunday. Duh.

    Thoroughly enjoyed Levenhulme`s last week.

  4. Hello. Are you allowed to look round the gardens with a well-behaved dog in tow?

    • We have asked that only guide dogs go to the gardens as some gardeners get over 500 visitors and dogs in tow may just be too much, however well behaved. Sorry to disappoint.

  5. I would like to bring a wheelchair bound lady – is it a suitable site for wheelchairs?

    • In the programme there are access details for every garden and yard and allotment. I think about 6 of the 28 sites are not wheelchair accessible but most have level access or only one or two small steps. We have tried to make as many sites as possible accessible so I hope your lady can enjoy the day.

  6. are you able to buy entree on the day and where

    • Yes, you are able to buy programmes on the day at Creative Recycling on Beech Road and Chorlton Plant Nursery on Vicars Road from 11am and at Unicorn Grocery on Albany Road between 11am and 2pm. If they run out of programmes there will be an A4 sheet with all the garden addresses, a short description and a map, also costing £5.

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