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Steyning in Bloom Open Garden Day 30th June 12:00 - 17:00

We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday 30th June for the fourth Steyning in Bloom Open Gardens. We are delighted to be once again joining with Greening Steyning to feature some wonderful wildlife friendly gardens. It’s a time of growing interest in this alternative approach to gardening as people wake up to the idea that what we do with our gardens can have a real impact on helping our precious local wildlife survive in a very uncertain future.

We have four gardens that fit the bill, though you will find that many of the other gardens are embracing this philosophy as well.

There will be 20 gardens this year - all completely different and individual. Some have wonderful views of the ‘borrowed’ landscape of the Downs; some are tucked away amidst the flint walls that are so much the character of our town, who have made areas of magic out of small spaces. A few, you may have visited before and you can see what changes have been made over the year, It’s also an opportunity to talk to garden owners - to find out how their gardens have fared with the strange weather we’re experiencing, and what they have planted to cope with this.

Many owners sharing their gardens have particular passions they are happy share. We have an apple expert, an orchid meadow, a bonsai enthusiast. . . And as you wander between gardens you can enjoy what other enthusiastic Steyning residents have created.

Two gardens are a little off the beaten track but are well worth the effort to visit them - one along the Horsham Road, with wonderful mature shrubs and a woodland walk, another along Kings Barn Lane, (though you could access it by walking across the fields),a wildlife paradise set around a historic drovers cottage, with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Brochures giving details of all the gardens will be available at a price of £7 at The Steyning Bookshop in the High Street from the end of May.

These will act as numbered tickets for entry to the gardens. The brochure will include a map suggesting a route, details of parking and wheelchair access where appropriate. In some cases the best access may be through the twittens that weave through the town, It’ll be an exciting tour. Several garden owners and the Methodist church will be offering teas and refreshments,

We’ll keep fingers crossed for good weather, but we’ll go ahead even if there’s a spot of rain - realising, of course that while we might get wet, the plants will love it!

So put the date in your diary, tell your friends, and we’ll look forward to seeing you!
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