Writtle College opens gardens for all to enjoy spectacular summer blooms

June 2011

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Summer flowers are coming into bloom and are on full display for all to see on Thursday 16 June at the Writtle College garden open day. Gardens will be open to the public between 10am and 4pm.

This year sees the garden open day take on a whole new focus with guided tours led by College horticultural students available to all garden visitors. With College students leading the open day this year, visitors will be introduced to a behind the scenes look at the maintenance and changes taking place within the gardens during an academic year.

The usual regular mapped tours will still also be available on the day.

The opening is part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS), a charitable trust which provides financial support to a wide range of charitable institutions.

The NGS say the following about Writtle College: “it is one of the county’s largest Open Gardens advertised in the Yellow Book, the NGS guide to gardens open for charity throughout England and Wales. There are 15 acres of gardens and grounds to meander around, informal lawns with naturalised spring bulbs, heathers, a large collection of trees, and landscaped gardens designed and built by the College’s students including a ’Centenary’ garden.”

The College restaurant will be open throughout the day for refreshments, and admission costs just £4.00.

This is the second opportunity to see the gardens with seasonal bedding displays and summer plants, the earlier open day was held during the spring term.