Winster's Secret Gardens
PUBLISHED: 17:47 28 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:37 20 February 2013
The lawn mowers are buzzing, the flowers blooming, and the bucks-fizz is already in the cooler: the 14th annual Secret Gardens of Winster weekend is just around the corner
The lawn mowers are buzzing, the flowers blooming, and the bucks-fizz is already in the cooler: the 14th annual Secret Gardens of Winster weekend is just around the corner. With over 20 gardens open on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, 1.30pm to 5.30pm, visitors are offered a unique chance to view some of Derbyshires most exciting and varied private gardens in one of the Peak Districts most picturesque villages. The event has something for everyone not just green fingered enthusiasts with live jazz, cream teas, home-made desserts and Morris Dancing among the pleasing distractions on offer. Sitting in a garden, eating a home made ice cream, to the sound of a trickling water feature and perhaps the strains of live music from a distant garden... It is hard to think of a more civilised day out. The July event is a mammoth village effort. From cake bakers to ticket sellers, sign makers to garden openers, all Winster comes together to make it a surefire success.
Secret Gardens started in 1997 when the village needed to raise funds for the refurbishment of its village hall, the Burton Institute. Now the award-winning hall features strongly over the weekend: teas are served there and it has the magnificent Winster Millennium Tapestry on display. Last years event raised 7,000 to help maintain the Burton Institute and support other village organisations, so visitors can enjoy their glass of Pimms or slice of cake knowing they are helping a worthy cause. Theres free parking near the Miners Standard on the B5056, which is linked by a free minibus service around the village. For details, view www.winster.org
by Tom Geddes
Photographs of the 2010 event by Ashley Franklin