On the garden trail in Cardington
PUBLISHED: 14:06 21 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:44 20 February 2013
Forget the old clichÃ© of calling on your neighbour for a cup of sugar. In the village of Cardington, near Church Stretton, the green-fingered residents are more likely to pop round to borrow a trowel or seek advice on planting schemes
Forget the old clich of calling on your neighbour for a cup of sugar. In the village of Cardington, near Church Stretton, the green-fingered residents are more likely to pop round to borrow a trowel or seek advice on planting schemes.
Ten gardens in the village have grouped together to open their gates to visitors on the same day August 14 - as part of the National Gardens Scheme.
Cardington is a conservation village and one of the prettiest in the county, nestling with its outlying hamlets under Caer Caradoc in the beautiful upland hill country of South Shropshire in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Cardington trail features 10 diverse gardens, from immaculate cottage gardens to self-sufficient vegetable and fruit gardens.
There are also formal and water gardens, a romantic roomed garden with an annual wildflower meadow, and a 10 acre conservation garden with natural ponds and wonderful planting.
It really is a community affair, said Jill McMillan, who helped organise the event. We arranged a meeting in the village pub to discuss doing this and had a great response. Its not just those who open their gardens that are involved; villagers also help to provide tea and bake scones, to marshall car parking and to collect donations.It would not happen if it was not for the support of the whole village. We are a close knit community and this type of event strengthens those bonds.
The village opened a series of gardens last year too. One visitor described the experience thus: The whole day was a lovely experience, wandering through the pretty village and being treated to marvellous gardens with splendid teas and cakes..
Visitors are invited to go first to Cardington Village Hall, where they can purchase tickets before following the trail between the 10 gardens.
The gardens include long established ones, those which have evolved over several years and a newly created garden.
It is the second year the group has opened under the NGS scheme, said organiser Sue Akers.
The groups collective advice for budding gardeners? Enjoy your garden and simply keep on top of it by doing a little often.
Favourite plants and flowers for several of the garden owners are roses, both formal and informal, while other preferred selections include water lilies, a wildflower meadow and herbaceous planting.
As well as visiting the gardens, visitors will also be offered a range of refreshments, including smoked salmon and champagne at New Inn House, light refreshments and homemade teas at Gulley Green, and refreshments and homemade teas at the village hall.