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Swerford Open Gardens

Swerford Open Gardens

17 & 18 June 2017

Every five years the lovely village of Swerford, near Chipping Norton, opens its superb gardens to public view, but this year promises to be extra special.

In addition to nine beautiful and interesting gardens (four never before opened), there will be a unique flower festival to support the national British Flower Week held in St Mary’s Church. Apart from the normal contributions from villagers, this will feature displays from a number of celebrated growers and designers:

Rosebie Morton of the Real Flower Co. (showcasing English cut flowers, particularly garden roses, scented geraniums and assorted herbs).

Paul Thomas(florist to the Ritz Hotel and Fortnum & Mason amongst others).

John Carter,a Chelsea gold medal winner and specialist in private events.

Stephen Woodhams, multiple gold medal at 4.30pm. On Saturday,Stephen Crisp, head gardener for over 20 years at Winfield House in London, home of the American Ambassador, will discuss his creation and maintenance of the second largest private garden in central London after Buckingham Palace.

On Sunday, Stephen Woodhams(now a judge at Chelsea and chair of the judges at Malvern RHS) will showcase some of his recent work in the UK and around the world.

The village hall will serve teas, and there will be plant sales, a tombola, and a raffle with exceptional prizes including a free flying lesson courtesy of Enstone Flying Club.

Parking is available in the village. Tickets are £6 for adults; under 12s free. Opening hours are from 1.30pm-6.00pm.

Proceeds will be shared between St Mary’s Church, Swerford (for on-going repairs), and Katharine House Hosp Banbury.

More information will be posted on Swerford Community Site or cont

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