Faversham Open Gardens & Garden Market Day: Sunday 25th June 2017.
An estimated 1,000 visitors bought tickets for Faversham Open Gardens & Garden Market Day on Sunday June 25th and more visited the market. There were 36 gardens open, and 33 market stalls in the Market Place, including several excellent specialist plant nurseries, vintage garden tools, local crafts and food.
The day was opened at 10am by Jane Beedle, the Great British Bake Off 2016 finalist, who is also a garden designer. She visited a number of open gardens as a ‘roving expert.’
Tickets were sold at the Faversham Open Gardens stall in the market and at the Faversham Society Visitor Information Centre in Preston Street. The day is organised by a committee of six keen garden-lovers, helped by many more volunteers, for the Faversham Society. It raises money for the Faversham Society.
Visitors came from all over Kent, London and the rest of the UK. They included a coach party from Reigate and even visitors from Holland, France and other countries. There were lots of comments, with visitors appreciating the tips they picked up from the gardens and commenting on the friendly, happy atmosphere. Many streets, such as Newton Road, had several gardens open, so visitors enjoyed seeing how several similar outside spaces, almost side-by-side, can look so different.
So that parents of young children can visit the gardens, there was a Hunt the Golden Pebble competition in 12 gardens. Children who find a Golden Pebble are given a ticket by the garden owner, which they exchange for a prize on Open Gardens market stall. Prizes were donated by Johnsons Seeds, Kent & Stowe children’s tools, Thompson & Morgan seeds and African kettles.
Some small town gardens had 600+ visitors! The Faversham Open Gardens & Garden Market Day is an annual event in June, and we’d love to hear from anyone interested in opening their garden or volunteering to help for next year’s event.
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