Oundle is home to many enthusiastic gardeners who will be opening their gardens on Sunday 17 June 11am – 5pm to support the Cransley Hospice. At gardens across the town there will be plant stands, as well as a raffle and quiz for children, and dogs are welcome. Tickets go on sale at the Oundle Festival Office from 29 May for £4.50, and on the day at Fletton House, 17 West Street and 2 Cordwainer Gardens for £5.
There are 11 beautiful Oundle gardens for everyone to explore:
John and Erica Grubb
This is a self-described
“plantaholics” garden full of shrubs and perennials – some a little less common, such as a beautiful Cornus Alternifolia Argenta. The back garden is landscaped on four levels with a pond and a summer house.
Alison Lloyd and Simon Page
Cobbler’s Cottage sits on a piece of land locally known as “Nora’s Garden” (pictured below). In the last four years the new owners have aimed to create a tranquil outdoor room at the same time as they have made it a priority to provide a habitat for the wildlife encouraged over the years by Nora. (Entry tickets, raffle tickets, plant stall)
Tean and Rachel Hatt
The Hatts moved to Oundle 20 years ago and immediately fell in love with their overgrown woodland garden. They have attempted to continue the feel of a natural garden, planting native plants as far as possible and gardening organically to encourage wildlife. They have added a “woodland walk”, enlarged the pond, and added a small stream. They have tried to create rooms within the garden for different activities and places to hide. It is still very much a work in progress.
This garden was mostly planted three years ago with a pergola, roses, clematis, shrubs and herbaceous perennials.
Rupert and Uli Bankart
“Rehoboth” lies on a gentle slope with a view over the valley in the heart of Oundle. The owners say they are “taming the jungle” in a garden that is still in “evolution”. There are rare trees, such as a Dawn Redwood and Japanese Elm, a windswept treehouse, a summerhouse and gentle bubbling brook. (Spoon making demonstrations, refreshments)
Ann and Tony Huntingdon
This recently renovated garden in a replanted town house walled garden has a country house feel. There is a new rose circle and a rose collection that should be at their beautiful best in June. Mrs Huntingdon was the inspiration behind the garden at The Old Rectory, Sudborough where she gardened for 30 years. Kevin, who tends the garden, will be on hand to answer questions. (Plant stall)
On the edge of town, this cottage garden is planted with perennials and grasses grouped creatively together amongst gravel paths to create a natural look. Some unusual plants and quirky oddities create a different and colourful informal garden. They have a new meadow pasture which has been turned into a new cutting garden.
George and Sally Backhurst
Right in the centre of town, this garden features an extensive and beautiful collection of hostas from large to miniature. There are also many hanging baskets and tubs of mixed summer flowers plus a collection of climbers. (Entry tickets, raffle tickets.)
David and Sheila Wills
A garden that has been 60 years in the making, it extends over a few acres of established plantings, including perennial borders, mature trees and vegetable beds. It is a garden that is both beautiful and edible. It is a peaceful and relaxing place to be.
Fiona and Rupert Paul
This organic wildlife garden is packed with flower borders, a wildlife pond, lawn, vegetables, raised beds, fruit trees, log piles and a tortoise area. There is also an amphitheatre style patio built into the slope of the garden with built-in amphibian friendly features built.
Helen and Richard Austen
Designed with a “circles” theme this is a brand new garden, not yet a year old. It has been planted for low maintenance and year-round structure, and features the original shed used as the former cobbler’s workshop.