Lymington Open Gardens
Lymington Open Gardens, a popular event in the Lymington social calendar, takes place on Sunday 29 May (2-6pm) and features 14 gardens including four new ones. The event is organised by the Friends of St Barbe Museum + Art Gallery, with all profits helping the museum care for and display its unique collection, mount exciting art exhibitions and further the museum’s extensive outreach programme - putting the community at the heart of everything we do.
The gardens vary in size from small, urban, courtyards to more expansive lawned gardens, from long established gardens to those newly planted. On the High Street there is one of Lymington’s original town gardens while, nearby, another offers an oasis of calm. Some gardens have been specifically designed, one as a sensory garden, another featuring gravel to counter a high water table. Other gardens feature raised beds and themed fairy gardens for the grandchildren, vegetable plots, experiments in advanced composting techniques, chickens, as well as ponds, pergolas and patios in varying styles. Whether you are a plants-person or are interested in garden design and layout, come and celebrate the beauty of the English garden. The garden owners will be on hand to answer your questions.
Admission to the gardens is by programme, costing £7.50 per adult, available throughout May from the St Barbe Museum welcome desk in New Street and from 2pm on 29 May at any one of the participating gardens. The programme includes a map to help you plan your afternoon. Teas with home-made cakes will be available at the United Reformed Church on the High Street; the Old School Cafe at the museum will also be open for teas, coffees, light lunches and cake. There will be several plants stalls, including outside the museum. Nearly all gardens are accessible by wheelchair, at least in part.
2 - 6pm
£7.50 per adult, accompanied children (12 & under) free
St Barbe Museum + Art Gallery, New Street, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9BH
Sun 29 May