Buxton gardens open to public for the first time

Buxton Open Gardens, Jane McGrother
Buxton Open Gardens, Jane McGrother

Buxton’s first Garden Trail was a big hit with green-fingered folk, as more than 400 maps were sold to residents and visitors far and wide.

Trail organiser Jo Holdway said: “We had an unbelievable weekend.

Buxton Open Gardens,

Buxton Open Gardens,

“It was genuinely superb the amount of people that came and visited the gardens.

“I had around 120 people on both Saturday and Sunday, which is phenomenal.”

This was the first year of the trail, which is sponsored Buxton Town Team, and a total of 26 private gardens were opened to the public for the two-day event.

Jo said: “There were big ones, small ones, and out of the 26 private gardens on display no two were the same.

Buxton Open Gardens, Jo Holdway

Buxton Open Gardens, Jo Holdway

“Gardeners love talking about their gardens. I think this has been a truly fantastic launch and we have already had interest for next year.”

As well as residential gardens, there were two churches, two hotels and three public areas which all took part in the event, treating visitors to everything from spectacular sweeps of lawn and trees to small but artfully created cottage gardens.

Jo added: “The weather was very fair to us and it was a very affordable day out for the family.”

The aim of the Buxton Garden Trail was to make the spa town a gardening town of excellence.

Buxton Open Gardens,

Buxton Open Gardens,