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Barrow Upon Soar Open Gardens 2018

‘THE GREAT BARROW PLANT OFF’ and Show-Stopper Challenge

A bit of drizzle didn’t stop Barrow’s wonderful gardeners from holding a fantastic event at the Baptist Church, Beveridge Street, on Saturday 24th March 2018 when Barrow Open Gardens issued a challenge to gardeners, young and old, to plant a Show- Stopper Garden in a container of their choice, and boy oh boy, you didn’t let us down.

On the Saturday morning of the event, the Baptist car park was a hive of activity and anticipation as The Show-Stopper Challenge Tent was readied and people began arriving, clutching their precious entries.

When the event finally opened, the extent of all that show-stopping creativity and colour was revealed. From a motorcycle helmet used as a hanging-basket, to a grass-haired punk mannequin head and a ‘Paint me Yellow’ roller-tray and paint tin there was so much to see and admire. It was fabulous! Children too joined in the fun. There was a small-world wheelbarrow garden, complete with dinosaurs, planted by the children of Lime Tree Nursery. There were no winners, and no losers, because everyone who entered deserved and received a prize, though I’m sure people secretly had a favourite!

As well as all the excitement in the Show-Stopper Tent, the visitors enjoyed delicious cakes and refreshments, artisan bread by Bröd and homemade jams and pickles. There were free activities for children with dinosaurs, fossils, bugs, a bear hunt and a chicken race. Stalls sold lovely plants and seeds, beautifully crafted artefacts, planters, canal boat ware, bee hotels and original paintings of local scenes. There was a rainbow quiz, a raffl e and stalls with information about Open Gardens, BUSCA, bees and bee-keeping and the work of the Baldwin Trust. And last, but far from least, there was a Rainbows stall. It was a fabulous day, which raised £650 for this wonderful charity. Thank you Barrow! Thanks also to Barrow Baptist Church, Gardening Club, WI and BUSCA.

Coming up next on the Open Gardens calendar is the Open Gardens Weekend: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June. Programmes will be on sale from the local shops and from all Open Gardens.

Then the next pop-up extravaganza will be in September (theme and date to be decided, but it will be fun!) If you would like to know more about Barrow Open Gardens, please see us on the village website or email:

Lin Webb - BOG Chair

Barrow Open Gardens raises funds for Rainbows.