There were 10 gardens open on Sunday 3rd July, 2016. The admission 'passport' cost £3.50 and children were admitted free. The one entry
fee allowed admission to all the gardens and the flower displays in St. Mary's church where the theme this year was "20 years of Open Gardens".
There was once again a complimentary bus service to help visitors see all the gardens and non-stop refreshments available in the Village Hall.
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The village's annual Open Gardens day has, deservedly, become one of the most popular events of its kind in north west Norfolk. The Help Holme
Church Group manages the day under the direction of the organiser, John Loversidge, together with the help of a large team of 'workers' most of whom live in the village.
We are most fortunate that there are also others from further afield who freely give of their time and assist with a variety of jobs all of which are vital to the smooth running
of the event.
There are usually between 10 and 12 gardens open where the public can browse at leisure and see just what other folk do with their own patch! The style of each garden varies and in 2015 there was, amongst others, this one...
...another garden open in 2015 featured this lovely pond
Part of a garden opened for the first time this year
The shuttle bus was once again very popular ferrying visitors around the gardens. The bus was kindly loaned by The Glebe House School, Hunstanton.
The Plant Stall at Berkeley House is a regular feature of Open Gardens day with many visitors returning each year. There is always a wide selection of plants to choose from - and very competitively priced. If you call in early any plants purchased can be held until you leave. All part of the service!
Refreshments are served throughout the day in the Village Hall on Kirkgate. There is always a wide selection of main salad courses, a variety of puddings and, as you might expect, home made cakes also feature throughout the day.
Many of the gardens host additional attractions - regular features include a display of tools and ideas to make gardening easier and a demonstration and talk about birds and moths. There are always Tombola and Book stalls to be found and home-made jams and chutneys to buy - and lots of prizes to be won in the raffle!
St. Mary's Church is an absolute must for all visitors on Open Gardens day. The flower ladies, with the help of friends, always decorate the church with lots of wonderful floral displays based on a common theme. In 2015 the displays illustrated "Let's Go Shopping"...
...and this arranger brought together flowers, music and and instrument to depict a Music Shop.
Just click the links below to see slideshows of the arrangements from 2015 and also those from previous years...
All of the proceeds from the day are used by the Help Holme Church Group to help maintain the fabric of St. Mary's Church. Past projects
funded by the group include the replacement of the main south side windows, the replacement of the wall heaters and the provision
of toilet and kitchenette facilities. Most recently the Group has funded the underpinning and redecoration of the Vestry and the redecoration of the inner and outer porches
and in 2014 the limewash finish to the whole of the interior or the church was re-painted. In 2014 the Open Gardens Day raised a total amount, after expenses,
of £5,254.93. This magnificent sum was only achieved after much hard work by everyone involved and careful planning by the organisers.
So why not come along for a super day out and, at the same time, help us to keep our Church in good order? The low admission fee entitles you to access all of the gardens on show and to view the floral displays in the Church. Safe parking is free and the shuttle bus service is included - and accompanied children get in for free too!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited the village in July, 2014 on Open Gardens Day. We enjoyed your company and very much looking forward to seeing you all again next year!