Chorlton Open Gardens

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June 4, 2018
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2018 COG Programmes on sale!

Programmes for this year’s Chorlton Open Gardens on Sunday 24th June are now on sale.

They can be purchased now (£5, each admits one person over 13, younger children with an adult are free), during normal opening hours at:

  • Chorlton Nursery
  • Blossom
  • Creative Recycling
  • Chorlton Bookshop.

Look out for COG programme sales on Sundays at the Unicorn too.

On Sunday 24th itself, programmes will be available from Unicorn in the morning, and from Creative Recycling and Chorlton Nursery all day.  Or look for the balloons and Open Gardens advertising on gates at each garden; gardens will have a limited number of programmes for sale.

For anyone wanting to get a programme by post @ £5 per programme, you can send cash or a cheque  made out to ‘Freedom from Torture’, to Merryn Cooke, 15 Totnes Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 8XF, enclosing an A5 stamped addressed envelope.

garden showing greenhouse and lots of flowering plants

March 27, 2018
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Sunday 24th June 2018

For your enjoyment on Sunday June 24th, 23 private Chorlton gardens are opening to the public from 11am to 5pm, plus a communal alleyway and communal allotment.  There are 5 new gardens, one of which also opens for the National Garden Scheme. All that, plus the Unicorn is opening its roof garden again, and a plant swap will take place on the community garden next to Chorlton Library.

Buy a programme, come along, and meet some of Chorlton’s passionate gardeners.

Unearth ideas for sustainability and attracting wildlife.frogs and tadpoles in a dark pond

Learn about creative ways to divide small spaces.

In addition to plants, there’ll be some music to listen to and pottery to enjoy and purchase.pottery laid out on table for purchase

Refreshments will be on offer in some gardens.

Your ticket is a programme giving you access to all the gardens and sites, allowing you a once a year opportunity to discover Chorlton’s hidden gems and be inspired by its many different and beautiful spaces. Your ticket is excellent value: the £5 cost hasn’t changed since 2011!

Programmes will be on sale from mid May from Creative Recycling, Chorlton Bookshop, Blossom Florists and Chorlton Plant Nursery, plus outside the Unicorn in June at the weekend. On Sunday 24th itself you can pick one up from Unicorn, Chorlton Plant Nursery and Creative Recycling, or from one of the gardens (look out for the balloons and posters).


April 5, 2016
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Chorlton Open Gardens – this Sunday, 26th June 2016

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

We’re bigger than ever this year, with 32 sites, including 6 new gardens alongside our existing favourites.

We challenge you to visit them all, not forgetting stopping off to hear music in Chandos Road South, and having tea and cake all over Chorlton!

Entry is by programme; each programme (@£5) admits one adult (or child over 12) to all the open garden sites. Accompanied under-13s go free.

Programmes are on sale now during normal opening hours at:

  • Chorlton Bookshop, Wilbraham Road;
  • Creative Recycling, Beech Road;
  • Blossom Flowers, Manchester Road; and
  • Chorlton Nursery, Vicars Road.

On Sunday, programmes can be bought from Creative Recycling and Chorlton Nursery. Alternatively, you can buy them from an Open Garden if you see one on your way (Open Gardens will display our poster and have balloons at the entrance). Finally, we will be selling programmes outside the Unicorn on Sunday morning – and you can take the opportunity to visit the Unicorn’s marvellous roof garden.




June 7, 2015
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2015 Programmes on sale now!

This year we have over 30 yards, gardens, alleyways and allotments. About a third are new for 2015.

Buy a programme now to help plan your route for the day.

Programmes can be bought from :

  • Chorlton Bookshop, Wilbraham Road, monday to saturday
  • Chorlton Nursery, Vicars Road, 10 – 5pm, wednesday to sunday
  • Creative Recycling, Beech Road, 11 – 5pm wednesday to saturday
  • Blossom Flowers, Manchester Road, monday to saturday

The cost is £5 per person, and all proceeds go to “Freedom from Torture”.

March 5, 2013
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Chorlton Open Gardens 2013

We are getting ready for this year’s Open Gardens on Sunday 23 June.  If you know anyone who would still like to open their garden or yard please click the contact button before the end of April.

Programmes will be available for £5 each from the end of May from Chorlton Bookshop, Creative Recycling, Blossom Flowers and Chorlton Plant Nursery.

There are several new gardens this year including one containing chickens, and a large garden with refreshments in aid of Chorlton Good Neighbours.

February 13, 2012
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Chorlton-cum-Hardy is a southern suburb of Manchester.

The first Chorlton Open Gardens event was held in June 2011 in aid of the charity ‘Freedom from Torture’ (formerly the Medical Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture).  29 sites, including gardens and yards, allotments, a school garden, local plant nursery, and grocery roof garden were open to the public. 1000 programmes were sold by four local businesses and volunteers.

The feedback was very positive and people enjoyed the communal atmosphere, the variety of garden spaces, refreshments, and learning more about garden design, flowers and vegetables that can be grown locally.

February 13, 2012
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The second Chorlton Open Gardens will be held on Sunday June 24, 2012 from 11am to 5pm

Programmes priced £5 will be on sale from mid May at the four local businesses, Chorlton Bookshop on Wilbraham Road, Blossom Flowers on Manchester Road opposite Unicorn, Chorlton Plant Nursery on Vicars Road and Creative Recycling on Beech Road. Last year most of the programmes were already sold before the day but the Plant Nursery and Creative Recycling will be open on the Sunday and we will sell spare programmes at Unicorn Grocery as well. You can order by post by completing the contact form and will be sent details of how to do this. There will be 11 new gardens including one devoted to growing plants for dyeing, with dyeing demonstrations and one showcasing Vegan-Organic methods. Many of the 2011 gardens will also be open as we realise it is very difficult to see everything on one day. We will be offering music, refreshments, plant sales, art and a raffle on the day.

We hope you are able to come and support the charity and enjoy the day.