Your News: Haconby open gardens in full swing

Organisers of this weekend’s annual Haconby Village Open Gardens are busy welcoming hundreds of visitors.

The event started on Friday with a social evening in St Andrew’s Church, when ticket holders enjoyed light refreshments while viewing the crafts and photography competition.

Village gardens have been open from 11am to 4pm on both Saturday and today (Sunday, September 13) with entrance priced at £4 for all gardens.

Bulbs and plants will be on sale. No dogs are allowed in the open gardens.

Visitors are also invited to go to the church, where entry is free, to see the photographic competition, craft stalls and refreshments.

The idea of an Arts Festival was devised as a community event in St Andrew’s Church and as a fund raising idea by churchwarden Bill Reid in 2001.

Then with the help of some wonderful gardeners and organisers, it developed into an Open Gardens and Art Festival including crafts.

This year there was a different format with a photography competition for the Ringstone and Aveland group of villages instead of the art displays.

Craft stalls will still be held in the church with some wonderful stalls to suit everyone.

St Andrew’s Church, parts of which date from the 12th century is ideal for such events, as it is a light and open space having no pews.

This year the Open Gardens Festival is later in the year giving visitors chance to see the late summer and early autumn colour in the gardens, hopefully to give them some ideas to prolong the summer colour.

There will also be an opportunity to think of next year by buying some bulbs for spring, there will also be plants for sale.