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Barrow Open Gardens 2018:

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Act 1: Scene 1 - 10.59 am Saturday 23rd June... the stage was set, the sun shining, gardens on parade, cakes baked, Rainbows in the Roundhouse and as…

The overture was about to start, Openers crossed their fingers and held their hearts, It was curtain time and they were ready to go, Another op'nin', just another op'nin', of another show! (after Cole Porter)

Every year Barrow Open Gardens brings something different to delight our lovely, loyal, supporters and 2018 did not disappoint. Once again we had planned a diverse horticultural spectacle, but this year there was something extra… there was more than a little touch of the theatre about our event.

The cast of 2018 included a core of hardy perennials ably supported by a bevy of returners and a wonderful bunch of first-time openers who together made sure Barrow Open Gardens had its most successful ever weekend.

Our two-day programme was an invitation to explore some of Barrow’s hidden delights and secret gardens and like the audiences of the medieval Mystery Plays move from scene to scene and watch the action unfold.




The ensemble cast of 27 was made up by a mixture of gardens of different sizes and styles, all loved and tended and each with their own dramatic character.

There were havens of wildlife, a fairy grotto, grazing sheep, beautiful ponds and a plant-filled amphitheatre with an astonishing backdrop over the River Soar. There were green rooms and waterside settings where delicious food could be enjoyed, intriguing walled and secluded gardens, interesting, absorbing spaces designed for adults and children to share and, of course, there were beautiful gardens where visitors could experience a masterclass in plantsmanship and gardening knowhow.

It was theatre in the round and thanks to the hard work of lots of Barrow people and businesses it was a fantastic success and together we made a grand total of £7,025 to give to Rainbows.

Casting for next year’s production is already open so if you would like to come and join us please get in touch email: barrowopengardens2018@gmail.com

Lin Webb

See us at ‘BARROW DOES AUTUMNWATCH’ – in the Baptist Church car park in Beveridge Street - Saturday 22nd September 12-4pm. Scarecrow event supported by BUSCA.