Welcome to people new to Gardens of Bookham! If you’re coming from afar, please CLICK HERE to download a copy of the programme – you will be able to see in advance a bit more detail about what’s happening.
Do come and join in this annual event where over 700 people enjoy going round the village, meeting their friends and neighbours along the way. Get your programme in advance (buy your ticket or click the link above) and start planning your route!
This year we are featuring around 12 varied and attractive private gardens as well as The Grange, Little Bookham Allotments and for the first time the extensive gardens at Manor House School (who provide one of our minibuses). As well as old favourites we are delighted to feature three private gardens opening for the very first time. Our garden owners will give you a warm welcome and provide you with the opportunity to pick up ideas for your own garden, answer your questions or you can simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The gardens come in all sizes and feature a variety of different planting themes and imaginative landscaping ideas. Some also demonstrate how to grow things to eat including a garden with many plants you wouldn’t realise were edible and where you can learn more about permaculture and ‘forest garden’ principles. Several gardens feature wildlife ponds and you will be able to find out which sorts of plantings and habitats will help attract wildlife to your garden. Plants will be available to buy at several locations including the Old Barn Hall, a couple of the gardens, the Allotments and The Grange. Find out more about individual gardens in the programme.
Open Gardens Day raises money for the upkeep of our historic Old Barn Hall and over the years we have raised well over £45,000. Delicious home-baked cakes, rolls and drinks will be served throughout the day at the Hall and there will be the opportunity to visit some stalls there as well including some from the Bookham Country Market. Once again there will be a raffle with lots of great prizes donated by local firms, people and organisations.
Tickets are £5 in advance and will be available from 16th May from
- Vineries Garden Centre, Lower Road (our main sponsor)
- Weale’s Store, Little Bookham Street
- Wishing Well, 7 High Street
- Bungalow Stores, Beckley Parade
- Contact Cards, 228 Cobham Rd., Fetcham
- East Horsley News, 19 Station Parade, Ockham Road South, East Horsley
- Village Day, 18th June
- Old Barn Hall Office, Church Road (open Mon, Wed, Fri 9.30 to12 noon. Tel 01372 456307)
Children under 16 are free as are carers of wheelchair users (who pay a reduced rate of £3). On the day you can buy tickets (£6) at the Old Barn Hall and from the gardens themselves.
The charge includes admission to all gardens, a programme with map and garden details (see http://www.bookhamsbulletin.co.uk) and also a free minibus service along the route courtesy of Ist Bookham and 3rd Bookham Scouts and Manor House School and our kind volunteer drivers. If you are on Facebook please ‘Like’ our ‘Gardens of Bookham Open Day’ page so that we can let you know the latest news and provide photographic inspiration. There are quite a few photos from previous years on the page – do send us any you take on the day and we’ll load up a selection. Please share the page with like-minded people so we can build interest.
We would also love to hear from anyone who could spare an hour or two to help on the day with providing a cake or serving refreshments, selling tickets, marshalling the car park or stewarding at the gardens. Without our kind garden openers and our band of willing volunteers the day would never happen!
For more information visit. Alternatively follow us at ‘Gardens of Bookham Open Day’ on Facebook and Streetlife or contact Tina Hutton on 01372 457598 / email: email@example.com or Diane Poole on 01372 453771 /firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bookham Community Association – Registered Charity No. 1148881
Steve & Diane Poole