Putley Open Gardens
Putley – Fruitful and Fabulous in Autumn (Pretty in Pink in Spring)
Nestled in the apple orchards ‘twixt the Wye Valley and the Malvern Hills lies the Herefordshire village of Putley. On a soft September afternoon, with the heady scent of apples hanging heavy on the bough, visitors are warmly invited to enjoy a visit to five or six peaceful Putley gardens in all of their Autumn splendour.
This year, Putley Open Gardens is being held on Saturday 25th September to coincide with the popular Malvern Autumn Show. Funds raised will contribute to the upkeep of the Parish Hall and Church.
Included in this year’s event is a new garden, cleared completely at the start of lockdown 2020, with yew, espalier fruit trees and native hedging forming the boundaries; a lawn, lavender and a selection of roses. Another, started in 2017, now magnificent, features a lawn, potager, raised beds, a length of gabion wall and sumptuous planting of shrubs and perennials. A third is a long-established cottage garden with pond, cider apple orchard and, perhaps, cider. Putley is surrounded by orchards, so an additional treat may well be the scent and sight of the cider apple harvest.
Visitors to Putley Open Gardens are also encouraged to explore delightfully situated Putley Church. The carefully tended churchyard warrants a visit, with its unique oak and teak War Memorial, a very fine medieval ll* Preaching Cross, (recently restored with help from Historic England), specimen trees and entrancing views over the adjacent duck pond.
The gardens and church are accessible by well-marked footpaths through the orchards and pastures, providing a chance for visitors to experience Putley’s beautiful countryside, as well as the gardens themselves. However, there is parking adjacent to all the gardens with, perhaps at most, a three-minute walk.
Everything starts (and finishes) at Putley Parish Hall, HR8 2QN, where there is car parking, tickets, light lunches, and teas from 12 noon, tombola, and plant sales. Gardens are open from 12 noon until 5.00pm; entrance is £5.00 per person; children under 15 are free. Dogs are not allowed in the gardens.
In the words of Putley Open Gardens organiser Tim Beaumont “for 2021 we have had to amend our dates but next year we hope to be back to opening at our usual time to coincide with the Malvern Spring Show in May.”
Fees & Tickets
Entrance is £5.00 per person; children under 12 are free