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Open Gardens

This annual event has been an important feature of the village calendar since 1978.

We are very grateful to all those who volunteer to open their gardens and our visitors are always delighted when new ones are included on the list. If you would like your garden to be included in 2018 (on 10th June) please contact Mike Hunter on 264100 or Jill Slater on 262145.

 

Report on Open Gardens 2017

Nayland’s 40th open gardens event attracted hundreds of visitors to the village on  June 11.

The weather was perfect on for garden viewing and visitors enjoyed a relaxed wander around the village exploring the 19 gardens which were open, as well as walking around our picturesque village.

Visitors remarked on the wealth of different shapes and sizes of the gardens and the contrasting styles and hidden gems which provided an excellent afternoon out.

Teas were in the Village Hall with a large and tempting selection of delicious cakes kindly baked by Conservaton Society members and friends in Nayland and Wiston.

The surplus amounted to £3,210 - a record amount; funds raised will go towards future local conservation projects.

Open Gardens Advert
The gardens open in 2017:
 

64 Bear Street
60 Bear Street
Parkers, 43 Bear Street
38 Bear Street
The Old Stables, Bear Street
16 Bear Street
Weavers, 14 Bear Street
9 Birch Street
15 Birch Street
14 Stoke Road

17 Stoke Road
Longwood Barn, 38 Fen Street
Candy Lane House, 43 Fen Street
Lopping House, Fen 28 Street
The Ancient House, 12 Fen Street
Mill House, Mill Street
St James Church
Newland House, 4 Newlands Lane
Spring House, 21 Court Street
Stour House, 23 Court Street


Photo Gallery of the Open Gardens

Old Brewery House Candy Cottage
Mill House Longwood Barn
17 Stoke Road Mill House
Floodgate Cottage Floodgate Cottage
Floodgate Cottage 9 Birch Street
64 Bear Street Old Stables
Open Gardens Loretto
The Manse Open Gardens Teas
Longwood Barn Open Gardens Ices
Stream House Stream House
Alston Court Bridge House
Egg Hall Cottage Heycroft Way
Longwood Barn Candy Cottage
Blincoes Parkers
Haysel Weavers
The Manse Stourside Cottage
Queens Head Birch Street
Mill House Egg Hall Cottage

 

Report on Open Gardens 2016

The afternoon weather was perfect for garden viewing and visitors enjoyed a relaxed wander around the village exploring the 17 gardens which were open, as well as the churchyard.

The riverside gardens in Bear Street were particular popular and many people remarked on how surprising it was to find gardens of all sizes hidden behind the houses.

Teas were in the Village Hall, where there was large and tempting selection of delicious cakes kindly baked by Conservaton Society members and friends in Nayland and Wiston.

The surplus looks to be in the region of £1,500; funds raised will go towards local conservation projects.

Click to view the blog of a local amateur flower photographer who visited the gardens at https://wildcarrotphotography.wordpress.com/blog/

The gardens open in 2016:

64 Bear Street
60 Bear Street
Parkers, 43 Bear Street
38 Bear Street
16 Bear Street
Weavers, 14 Bear Street
9 Birch Street
15 Birch Street
14 Stoke Road
17 Stoke Road
Longwood Barn, 38 Fen Street
Candy Lane House, 43 Fen Street
Lopping House, 28 Fen Street
Mill House, Mill Street
Lorretto, Church Lane
St James Church
Stour House, Court Street

Report on Open Gardens 2015

Gardens of all shapes and sizes were open at our 38th annual event on June 15th. 

River gardens, walled gardens, pocket handkerchief size gardens and gardens with a views over the village, created varied and enchanting scenes to entertain the many visitors who came from far and near.  

The net proceeds of the day were £2,085.  

The drizzle at the start improved later on and the ice cream stand and teas in the village hall did brisk trade.

Many thanks to all those members and friends who opened their gardens, sold plants for us, made cakes for the teas and helped in many different ways to make the day so relaxing and entertaining for our visitors.

Click to view Open Gardens 2015 : Photo Album

The gardens open in 2015:

64 Bear Street
60 Bear Street
Parkers, 43 Bear Street
38 Bear Street
16 Bear Street
9 Birch Street
13 Birch Street
15 Birch Street
18 Birch Street
14 Stoke Road
17 Stoke Road
Longwood Barn, 38 Fen Street
The Ancient House, Fen Street
Mill House, Mill Street
St James Church
Alston Court, Court Street
Stour House, Court Street

Report on Open Gardens 2014

Nayland's popular open gardens afternoon drew hundreds of visitors to the village on June 8.

Twenty-two gardens of all shapes and sizes, including three new ones, were on show. The annual event is organised by Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Secretary Andora Carver said: "The weather was perfect and we had lots of people enjoying the sunshine and browsing round 22 spectacular gardens.
"Many thanks to all who supported us, to the gardeners who worked so hard and those who baked delicious cakes for the teas.

"There was a surplus of £2,814 - a new record!."

This year's proceeds will help finance Nayland's second test pit dig planned for September.

The gardens open in 2014:

64 Bear Street
60 Bear Street
Parkers, 43 Bear Street
Floodgate Cottage, 40 Bear Street
38 Bear Street
The Manse, 23 Bear Street
16 Bear Street
The Old Stables, Bear Street
Weavers, 14 Bear Street
9 Birch Street
15 Birch Street
Egg Hall Cottage, 14 Birch Street
Hill House, Gravel Hill
14 Stoke Road
Longwood Barn, 38 Fen Street
43 Fen Street
Mill House, Mill Street
Loretto, Church Lane
St James Church
Alston Court, Court Street
Stour House, Court Street
Bridge House, Horkesley Road

Report on Open Gardens 2013

Sixteen gardens ranging from cottages on the mill lade to riverside houses and larger properties were on view in Nayland when the village Conservation Society held its open gardens afternoon on 9th June.

The total sum raised is about £2,500 with about 100 more visitors than last year in spite of the cold weather and a lot of people were able to see every garden.

The plant stalls did a good trade, as did the teas and ice creams. Some second-hand gardening books were also on sale.

We are very grateful to all who supported the day - visitors, cake bakers, tea helpers and above all, garden openers who put so much hard work into making the gardens a joy to behold on a very dull and cloudy afternoon.

Click to view Open Gardens 2013 : A Visitors Perspective.
Many thanks to Leo Smith for this album of photographs taken during his walk round Nayland for Open Gardens on 9th June 2013.

 

The gardens open in 2013:

 

Stourside Cottage, 60 Bear Street
Parkers, 43 Bear Street
38 Bear Street
The Old Stables, Bear Street
Weavers, 14 Bear Street
15 Birch Street
Hill House, Gravel Hill
14 Stoke Road
17 Stoke Road
Longwood Barn, 38 Fen Street
43 Fen Street
Stream House, 20 Fen Street
The Ancient House, Fen Street
Mill House, Mill Street
Stour House, Court Street
Bridge House, Horkesley Road

Report on Open Gardens 2012

Fifteen gardens of all sizes were on view in Nayland when the village conservation society held its open gardens afternoon on June 17.

The annual event, which began more than 35 years ago, attracted about 400 visitors and made about £2,500 profit.

Organiser Andora Carver said: "It was a lovely day and the gardens were looking glorious. People said how much they enjoyed touring them, often finding hidden views of our picturesque village."

Teas were served in the village hall and two plant and ice cream stalls did a brisk trade.

The afternoon's proceeds will go to local conservation projects, including the proposed book on the timber framed buildings of Nayland.

 

The gardens open in 2012:

 

18 Heycroft Way
38 Bear Street
16 BearStreet
Butchers, Bear Street
Egg Hall Cottage, 14 Birch Street
15 Birch Street
14 Stoke Road
17 Stoke Road
Longwood Barn, 38 Fen Street
43 Fen Street
The Ancient House, Fen Street
Mill House, Mill Street
Alston Court
Stour House, Court Street
Bridge House, Horkesley Road

Report on Open Gardens 2011

This year's Open Gardens has been especially challenging because of the low rainfall and the need to keep watering young and tender plants, so it was wonderful that 22 gardens were open, bearing in mind these difficult conditions.

Open Gardens has become a major annual showcase for the village and inspite of the cold and wet weather there were a good number of people enjoying a very wide and varied selection of gardens.  It was the first time of opening for 6 Birch Street and 13 Birch Street and several others had not been open recently.  We were delighted to have visitors from as far afield as St. Albans and Pinner.

The teas were a great success with a huge selection of wonderful cakes, buns and scones.   We are very grateful to all those who contributed – especially as there are so many other demands for cakes at this time of the year.   

The surplus looks to be about £1,900 which is similar to last year and is very reassuring inspite of the wet weather.  These funds will be used towards future conservation projects and of course the long-awaited book on Nayland Buildings.

The gardens open in 2011:


Riverside Cottages, 72-78 Bear Street
Stourside Cottage, 60 Bear Street
Parkers, 43 Bear Street
38 Bear Street
Weavers, 14 Bear Street
The Old Stables, Bear Street
Butchers, Bear Street
Perry Farmhouse, off Bear Street
6 Birch Street
13 Birch Street
15 Birch Street
Hill House, Gravel Hill
17 Stoke Road
Haysel, 36 Stoke Road
Longwood Barn, 38 Fen Street
43 Fen Street
The Ancient House, Fen Street
Blincoes, Newlands Lane
Alston Court, High Street
Stour House, Court Street
Dunelm House, off Bear Street
Bridge House, Horkesley Road