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Frome Hidden Gardens

FROME Hidden Gardens will be taking place on 9th-11th July, as part of Frome Festival. 

Organiser Sharon Rossiter explains, “The kettles will soon be turned on and the cakes are made. The plants and honey are in place and the table and chairs laid out. The gardeners of Frome stand ready to greet you. Don’t delay, if the thought of tea and cake in a shady garden on a warm sunny day appeals, then spend £5 and access 33 gardens during the 9th, 10th and 11th of July. Please remember that not all gardens are open on the same day.  

“Many of the gardens can be accessed by those who use a stick or a wheelchair. A disabled toilet is available. We have made our event as accessible as possible. The event can be enjoyed at so many levels, you don’t need to be an avid gardener bursting with knowledge to enjoy what you see.  

“There are many styles of gardens to enjoy, things to do and conversations to have with others. We can offer wild, mature, free flowing, quirky, themed, large and some truly hidden and tucked away gardens behind gates and walls and along secluded terraces. Enjoy two gardens that have opened for the National Garden Scheme or engage in conversation with a Bake-off finalist, he may even have prepared a cake or two.  

 “Some gardens have focused on repurposing materials and others have specialised in specific plants like carnivorous plants. We can share our ideas on controlling pesky bugs or wax lyrical about the merits of hot and cold composting.  

“You may simply want to delight at the plants in front of you or enjoy the sweeping views afforded by some of the gardens. If you have come to Hidden Gardens in previous years don’t think you have seen it all; we have 12 new gardens this year with many being a work in progress. It is fascinating to see year on year how these gardens develop. 

 “You can buy a ticket from the Frome Festival website or you can pop into any of the following, Hoi P’loy the Florists in Cheap Street, Ellenbray selling Toys and Stationery in The Westway, The Discover Frome Information Point: Studio 4 Black Swan Arts, The Town Hall on Christchurch Street West, and last but not least the Box Office in the Cheese and Grain. 

“Please come and join us. We look forward to meeting the friends made in previous years and making new ones this year. Look out for the gardeners wearing their unique flower badges.” 

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