How We Started

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.

Portrait close-up view of lavender coloured large-flowered clematis with a few green leaves

On that occasion, twenty-nine sites, including gardens and yards, allotments, a school garden, local plant nursery, and grocery roof-garden were open to the public. A thousand 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.

Since then we have run Open Gardens every few years, selling more programmes each time, and now it’s back for 2022 by popular demand. See our previous open days for more details of our history.

This year (2022) it will run over two days, with half the gardens open on Saturday 25th and half on Sunday 26th June, allowing people more time to see the gardens at a leisurely pace.