Horticultural and Garden lovers are in for a treat at Canterbury Cathedral during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May.
Five private gardens in the Cathedral Precincts will be open to explore and for visitors to enjoy the rare opportunity to see the variety of planting set against the historic homes of the Cathedral clergy. In addition to wandering around the gardens visitors can see impressive displays of classic cars and birds of prey and younger visitors can enjoy planting their own sunflower plant to take home and enjoy. Refreshments will be available and there will be a chance to buy plants grown at the Cathedral.
New for 2018, visitors can use their smart phones and devices to unlock 16th century illustrations of the various herbs planted in the monastic ruins of the Cathedral grounds. The botanical drawings have been catalogued from, the 1597 book, Gerard’s Herbal, one of the first herbal manuals to be written in English.
A copy of which is kept in the Cathedral Archives. This project has been made possible with the work of garden research volunteers and the use of Near – Field communication.
The Open Gardens weekend has become a very popular annual event at the Cathedral and is run in conjunction with the National Garden Scheme (NGS). Money raised during the weekend will go towards charities helped by NGS and those by the Cathedral – L’Arche ( Canterbury) where people with and without learning disabilities share life together, living and/or working in community, and Send A Cow – the Bath based charity whose approach to ending poverty is unique: a powerful mix of practical farming, emotional support and a culture of sharing that is changing the future for millions of African families
On Saturday 26 May the gardens will be open between 11.00 and 17.00 and a Cathedral Precincts and Gardens entry ticket is £17 and £5 for Friends Card and Precincts Pass holders. On Sunday 27 May the gardens are open between 14.00 and 17.00 and it costs £5 to visit. There is no charge to visit the Precincts after 14.00.