You can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the event on this page. If you still can’t find the answer to your particular enquiry, please contact us.
Q. Where are the Avenues?
A. There is a map available, which shows the Avenues area, along with all the main approach roads.
Q. Where do I buy tickets? Do you have a programme of all the gardens?
A. You can buy a ticket/programme from any of the gardens open on the day – they will be displaying a bright green poster in their window. The ticket also has a listing of all the gardens taking part, along with details of where you can buy refreshments.
Tickets are also on sale at various local shops.
Your ticket is valid for both weekends.
Q. How many visitors does the event attract?
A. In 2002, some gardens counted over 1000 visitors during the two weeks. This was our busiest year so far.
Q. How many gardens are there to see?
A. Usually between 40-50 gardens are open. In 2002, we had 54 gardens available for viewing. For 2003, we had nearly 60 gardens on display, which is a great achievement.
Q. I’m thinking of opening my garden, but I don’t think it’s good enough – are there any criteria for taking part?
A. No. Absolutely not. We always stress that there is no quality threshold applied to the gardens open. Anyone can open their garden, regardless of whether they have a perfect lawn, or a rough-and-tumble garden where kids play. Visitors like to see all kinds of garden.
Q. Can I get a cup of tea anywhere?
A. Yes. There will be a full range of refreshments on offer ranging from traditional tea and cake to Indian snacks.
Q. Are there any other activities, besides looking at plants?
A. Yes. We are adding more events each year. Please take time to enjoy the various free activities. Why not relax to the sound of music during the afternoon? Several gardens are hosting talented Avenues residents. Or you could enjoy walking our Tree Carving Trail.
You will also find Fairtrade stalls and special displays about the future of trees in the Avenues and the care of the Victorian/Edwardian architectural heritage
Q. Are there any activities for children?
A. Yes. Children are invited to join the Scrapstore team and have fun using unusual materials and join in the pet portrait competition.
One of the charities we are supporting is St John Ambulance; and their uniformed first aiders are on hand in case there are any minor mishaps. If you would like to see how they help the emergency services by providing live “casualties”, visit their Casualty Simulation Unit in the car park of the Westbourne Avenue Centre. Perhaps you know somebody who would like to volunteer as a “victim”.
Q. Can I buy any plants on the day?
A. Yes. Plant sales include the Mires Beck Nursery stall, and The Outlet, which has generously donated all the revenue raised to the Open Gardens.