Out There: Variety is spice of open gardens life

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It’s always exciting to explore someone else’s garden and on Sunday, June 23, there is an opportunity to look around a whole bunch of them.

Dolphinholme Open Gardens Day promises to be lots of fun for everyone.

Having restarted the village show two years ago, the newly invigorated gardening gurus in the village are also resurrecting the popular Open Gardens Day.

A selection of private gardens in the village will be open for all to see.

There will be an organised trail which takes in 11 very different gardens, spread throughout the historic village. Some will be mature and others still in development.

A few will be hidden away and others offering magnificent views over the Bowland fells. Different styles include: packed, colourful borders; formal topiary; restrained Georgian elegance; a collection of allotment plots and everything in between.

There there should be something to interest everyone who has the slightest hint of green to their fingers.

The trail will even include an opportunity to visit a gallery of paintings overlooking the garden which inspired some of them and a riverside garden, which contains the ruined remains of Dolphinholme Mill.

All are privately owned and organisers, the Dolphinholme Show Committee, are extremely grateful to the householders for allowing their private spaces to be shared in this way.

For younger visitors, there will be a fun treasure hunt to take part in along the trail. However, children will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. The trail begins at Dolphinholme Village Hall, where parking will be available.

Trail maps (£2.50) and light refreshments will be on sale here and there will be toilet facilities. All of the gardens will be open for visiting from 12.30pm to 6pm. Funds raised will go towards the staging of the 2013 Dolphinholme Show, which takes place on Saturday, September 7.

Visitors should be aware that Dolphinholme is split into two parts, at the top and bottom of a hill, therefore the trail involves inclines.

Please also be aware that in the gardens, whilst every effort will have been made to reduce potential hazards, there may be uneven ground in places and appropriate footwear should be worn.

Dogs are not allowed on the trail.

It all sounds marvellous to me but unfortunately I will not be able to go on the trail as I’ll be on holiday.

I’ve got a lot of gardening to do as the warm weather has resulted in a growing spurt on our plot. Last weekend I spent hours hacking back the abundant foliage as it was starting to block the paths.

I have a love/hate relationship with the enormous laburnum tree at the bottom of our garden which has more flowers on it than ever before. Sometimes I think it looks spectacular and at other times the gaudiness of the yellow offends my eye.

At the moment it’s in my good books as it’s a cheery sight when the rain pelts down.