Open Gardens is back this year, with 22 privately owned gardens in Crewkerne, opening to the public on Monday May 31st from 2 pm until last entry at 5 pm. The biennial event which raises funds to help conserve the 15th Century parish church of St Bartholomew, was cancelled last year because of the pandemic. Crewkerne Open Gardens 2021 has been organised by Arts @ St Barts in association with the Friends of St Bart’s.
The event has been running for over 10 years and it is hoped that those who have generously agreed to allow the public to look around their gardens, will have fine weather and be spared from the down pours associated with Bank Holidays. Chairman of the Friends of St Bart’s, Ian Tribe said: “Most of our income comes from the events we put on and this is the first one we have been able to go ahead with this year. It’s been a nerve-wracking few months, wondering whether we’d have to cancel because of Covid, but with it being an entirely outdoor event, we were always rather optimistic.
“Open Gardens is always a great occasion with friends and neighbours clutching their maps, passing each other in the street and comparing notes on their favourite gardens. We’re very grateful for the co-operation of Crewkerne Gardening Club, who have helped sign up participating gardeners from their membership. Avid gardeners love to see what others are doing and get ideas. Those who don’t currently have much or any space can enjoy other people’s efforts and may even be inspired on the day, to buy a few plants from the plant stalls to put in pots. Any gardening is very good for our well-being.”
The gardens that will be open to the public on May 31st are spread all over the town, from Ashlands along East Street, over to Poples Well, past St Bartholomew’s Church to Middle Path and to the top of Hermitage Street. Ian and his wife Margaret will also be opening their garden for the event. Visiting all the open gardens on foot will mean a lot of walking but there is parking adjacent to many of the locations. The layout and terrain in some of the gardens is not recommended for those with mobility problems but there are a small number of gardens which are wheelchair friendly and will be marked on the map.
Tickets for Crewkerne Open Gardens 2021 will be available on May 31st from 1.30 pm outside of Crewkerne Town Hall in Market Square. Tickets cost £5 per adult, under 18’s free and include a map showing the location of all the gardens that will be open to visitors on the day. Current government guidelines and clear instructions will be displayed at each venue. (Our featured photo was taken by Jeff Hutson).