NGS Open Garden Days & Secret Craft Fair 2016

In 2013 I was delighted to get our garden into the National Gardens Scheme – known to many as the ‘Yellow Book, and to be the first garden in the town of Loughborough to take part. As well as the open garden we held a Secret Craft Fair.

In 2014 the number of gardens grew, and in 2016 there will be three gardens opening over the weekend, 134 & 94 Herrick Road and 47 Parklands Drive, 12-5pm on the 11th June & 11-5pm on the 12th June 2016.

On Saturday 11th both the award winning orchard project Fruit Routes and the Student Allotment will be open to the public at nearby Loughborough University, completing the weekend celebrating gardens, growing, wellbeing and creativity in Loughborough.

At The Secret Craft Fair at 134 Herrick Road artists & makers will display work for sale among the plants, in the apple tree, the greenhouse – and we’ll be using The Shed as a pop-up venue again.

This year the makers & artists are Helen Rhodes drawings, prints, ceramics, there’ll be some willow plant supports, cushions and other items from The Doing Room. Little Bird SOS will have lots of hand made eco friendly craft goodies and crafting activities to take part in. Jeweller Hannah Smith will be bringing work in silver and gold, including necklaces and rings; Angieszka Maksymiuk will be bringing rings and other work inspired by architecture and nature. Dr Rose Deakin of  The Crop Club will be in The Shed at the bottom of the garden, her sustainable starter packs help people grow their own food at home and connect with their local community. There’s more about all of their work and pictures here.

The Master Composters will be in residence at number 94, where if the bees have been busy you’ll be able to pick up some healthy Herrick Road Honey. Transition Loughborough will be at number 134 on Sunday with practical advice and information about sustainable living.

So with all this – as well as tea, delicious cakes, and plants for sale – there’s stacks to see, do, eat, drink and find out about! Check out the flyers below.

Admission proceeds go to the NGS beneficiary charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Parkinson’s UK and Carers Trust.

For more information here’s the link to the gardens in Loughborough on the NGS website, and previous press articles below. Just a word about getting here. If you can walk here – please do, if you’re driving to Loughborough please consider parking in town – we’re only a 10 minute walk from the town centre.

Any questions? Just send me a message!

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