In an English country garden...

Visitors viewed the violas, rejoiced at the roses and praised the peonies as breath-taking gardens were thrown open to the public.

Saturday, 3rd August 2013, 12:00 pm
St John's Cragg Vale open gardens weekend, pictured are visitors Peter and Lorna Briggs, at Old Cragg Hall Cottage.
St John's Cragg Vale open gardens weekend, pictured are visitors Peter and Lorna Briggs, at Old Cragg Hall Cottage.

Sunshine brought out the blooms as well as many admirers of horticultural expertise as proud and proficient gardeners in Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale opened their gates for the annual open gardens weekend, with proceeds going to St John the Baptist in the Wilderness Church, Cragg Vale.

Two sunny afternoons saw enthusiasts wander through a variety of attractive and well-stocked gardens, including Gordon Nelson’s organic plot on Cragg Road; Oakwood House, where the gardens are 1,000ft above sea level; and a one-acre garden which was previously meadowland. And for those who wanted to stay a while amid the fragrant borders and lush lawns, there were refreshments including cream teas and wine to enjoy at some properties on the schedule.

St John’s Church was also open for visitors to see the Millennium Tapestry, enjoy scenic serenity and maybe take time for contemplation within the churchyard.

Co-ordinators Vicki and Ian Walkden said the event raised just under £1,000 for the church and it was well-supported with about 120 people taking the opportunity to have a look around.

“It was highly successful and people gave us very positive feedback for the event. They enjoyed going around the gardens,” she said.

See video of the event at www.hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk.