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Open Gardens 2014

Open Gardens 2014

The historic and beautiful private gardens of Canterbury Cathedral will be open to all on the weekend of the 24 and 25 May 2014.

This popular annual event, which has been held for over 10 years and run in connection with the National Garden Scheme (NGS), unlocks several private and secret gardens within the Cathedral grounds; and in the process, raises money for charity.

The two day event is a must for anyone who loves and appreciates the skill and art of gardening; the talented Cathedral gardeners will be on hand all weekend to answer queries and have plants for sale.

The weekend of the Open Gardens in the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral has become a popular annual event. The Precincts themselves are very beautiful but the opportunity to visit the historic gardens of many of the houses of the Precincts makes the event very special indeed. We who live here enjoy the interest and enthusiasm shown by other gardeners who come to visit us, and we are hoping for a fine weekend.

The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury

Visitors will have the opportunity to wander around the Precincts, and to wonder at and enjoy the fragrance and beauty of the gardens; relish a lovely slice of homemade cake; and take away a plant providing a potted memory of Canterbury for their own gardens. There will be an opportunity to eyeball birds of prey; see a bee observation hive and purchase honey products; buy plants and refreshments; and enjoy the spectacle of classic cars on the Green Court.

Last year’s Open Gardens raised over £10,000, the proceeds being given to nominated charities, Seeds for Africa and The Children’s Society – The Secret-Jungle. The 2014 nominated charities are The Pilgrims Hospices and Send a Cow.

We are absolutely delighted that the Dean and Chapter have chosen Pilgrims Hospices as the local charity to benefit from the opening of the lovely Cathedral Open Gardens Weekend. It is a very special event that attracts people from far and wide who can enjoy the experience and also know that their visit will be contributing to a wonderful cause as well. We are pleased to be able to engage with visitors at our own Hospice stand and hope to meet some of our own local supporters too.

Deborah Kellond, Regional Fundraising Manager Pilgrims Hospices


 We too are absolutely delighted Send a Cow will be supported at this year’s Cathedral annual Open Garden weekend. Our 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.

Susan Elliot, Spokesperson for Send a Cow

Garden opening times: Sat 11.00-17.00 hrs, Sun 14.00-17.00 hrs.

Cathedral opening times: Sat 09.00-17.00 hrs, Sun 12.00-14.00 hrs.

Normal precinct charges apply on Saturday and up to 14.00 hrs on Sunday; Donation of £5.00 p.p. (children free) to visit the gardens.

In the Press

Click below to view related coverage from the local, national and international media

‘Canterbury Cathedral gadrens’ Kent Messenger (23/05/2014)

‘Canterbury Cathedral gardens’ Kent Local News (23/05/2014)

‘Canterbury Cathedral unlocks its secret gardens’ Contrary Life (22/05/2014)

‘Canterbury Cathedral opens the doors to its secret gardens’– Kent on Sunday (15/04/2014)

Canterbury Cathedral opens the doors to its secret gardens’ – City News Line (15/04/2014)

‘Canterbury Cathedral to open ‘secret gardens’ to the public’ – Canterbury Times (07/05/2014)


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