Open Gardens

Sunday 16th June 2024

 

Next event: Sunday 16th June 2024, 12 noon to 6pm.

Programmes will go on sale end of May, from Topiary Tree, Gin House Flowers, Histon Post Office, Station Stores and St Andrews Centre Café. We will also have a stall on the Green, Saturdays 1st, 8th and 15th June, 10am – 12 noon. Check back here or follow us for updates.

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Welcome to Histon & Impington Open Gardens. Every two years, the owners of some of the most beautiful private gardens in our villages open them up to the public to visit for one day in June.  All proceeds from the event are shared between several charities, nominated by the garden owners. It’s a magical and fun family day out.

In these secret green spaces, you can wander between lush flower beds and borders, sit shaded by mature trees and shrubs and marvel at plump fruit and veg grown by our villages’ most dedicated and passionate gardeners. And if that’s not enough, you’ll be able to hear performances from local musicians, or emjoy a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake while watching butterflies flitting between the summer blooms. Plus, you’ll be able to pick up some beautiful bargains at our plant stall, and take a piece of the magic home with you.

So whether you’re a veteran of Open Gardens or you’re new to the idea of visiting our villages’ beautiful private spaces, you’re all in for a treat!

Latest News

This year’s charities

This year, the proceeds of Open Gardens will be shared between the following four charities:The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of more than 1300 food banks that provide emergency[…]

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May 11, 2024 0

Sponsors needed

Contact us now to advertise in the Open Gardens programme and website.For only £100, we are offering a half-page advert in our programme plus inclusion of your advert on the[…]

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February 12, 2024 0

Good news!

We are happy to announce that Open Gardens 2024 is going ahead!With huge thanks to all of the gardeners who have so generously agreed to open their gardens this year,[…]

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January 20, 2024 0

Contact Us

For general information please email info@opengardens.org

Email info@opengardens.org

Katrina Voss

Chair

 

Alice Mortimore

Secretary

 

Paul Heffernan

Treasurer

 

Kate Fieldhouse

Committee Member

 

Sue Free

Committee Member

 

Julia Godwin

Committee Member

 

Denise Walker

Committee Member

 

Charities Supported

Since Open Gardens started in 2007, over £54,000 has been distributed to charities nominated by the garden owners, including Voluntary Service Overseas, Emmaus UK, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Home Start (Cambridge and District), Histon and Impington Feast, Diabetes UK, Camsight, The Cogwheel Trust, HI Friends, Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital and WaterAid. Our 4 charities for 2024 are as follows:

Abbey Fields

Looking after the Croft Close set aside and Long Meadow for a network of wildlife-rich, green spaces, that present and future generations can access and enjoy.


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Histon & Impington Feast

A week of events and fundraising to support community projects.


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Explorer Scouts Cambridgshire

For boys and girls aged 14-18 years and welcome everyone, including those completely new to scouting.


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The Trussell Trust

An anti-poverty charity and community of food banks providing practical support to people who can’t afford the essentials, and campaigning for a future where none of us need to use emergency food to get by.


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Photo Gallery

Here are links to albums of photos from previous years

Open Gardens 2009

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Open Gardens 2011

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Open Gardens 2013

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Open Gardens 2015

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Open Gardens 2017

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Open Gardens 2019

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Open Gardens 2022

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Open Gardens 2022 raises £11,000!

After a longer break than usual, thanks to lockdown, the eighth Histon and Impington Open Gardens was held on Sunday 12th June 2022, with eighteen wonderful gardens opening. We sold the equivalent of 1540 programmes (with a small panic in the afternoon as we raced around the village to find the last few unsold ones) and 5 gardens counted more than a thousand visitors!

As you have come to expect, we had some fantastic music groups playing in many of the gardens, and wonderful teas in several. Altogether, it was a wonderful community day. We raised a totally amazing £11,000, breaking our previous record from 2019, which we had thought was unbreakable! This was shared equally between our four charities, Histon & Impington Feast, HI Friends, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and the Hedgehog Hospital at Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity.

A huge thank you to:

  • our generous sponsors
  • the Village Society and Print-Out for their continued support
  • our programme sellers, Station Stores, Topiary Tree, St Andrew’s Café, Ginhouse Flowers and Histon Post Office
  • our fabulous, talented photographers, Brian Ing and Jemima Borrill
  • and of course, all of our gardeners and volunteers