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Barrow upon Soar Open Gardens 2017


Barrow Open Gardens (BOG) 2016 in aid of Rainbows Children’s Hospice was another huge success. The odds were against us, rain for the second year in a row making rain macs and brollies essential, however, even in a rainstorm, the gardens and spaces managed to impress and provide a wow factor…food for thought for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Blue-jean plant pots and recycled shower-cubicle greenhouses vied for attention with immaculate and classic village gardens. Gardeners were on hand to advise on all manner of planting and pot care (in some cases hundreds of marvellous pots!).

At this time the BOG team start to look ahead to this year’s planning of the event. Each year the Openers change, new roles emerge (with internet advertising) and new organisational challenges present themselves, however the group continues unabashed determined to raise funds for this wonderful cause.

BOG is set to run on June 24th and 25th 2017 and new gardens are very welcome: whether you have a passion for vegetables or a teeny-tiny container garden - if you have grown plants and love to garden we would love to hear from you. If you like the idea of opening but are unsure if your patch ‘hits the spot’ then why not arrange a visit and we can reassure and advise you before you apply? Just contact us at the gmail. com address below.

To jump right in and register as an Opener, you can complete an application form by contacting BOG at barrowuponsoaropengardens@gmail.com on email. Facebookers can search ‘Barrow upon Soar Open Gardens’, or you can search ‘Barrow upon Soar Open Gardens’ in your search engine and go to the BUSCA website to download from there. For those of you not wanting to open, don’t forget to put the date in the diary! It’s a great way to spend a weekend and meet your neighbours.

Please note: charity fundraising programmes are per adult and you will be required to show these at each garden. Programmes cover both days.

Kate Pickering