Heatons Open Gardens 2023

Sun, Jun 18th 2023 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Another very successful community event with a fantastic attendance.Many thanks to the gardeners, visitors and everyone else involved.In total over £9,000 was raised for charities.


This years event had a possibly record attendance and a great atmosphere , programme prices were kept at the same level as previous years .  £5 to admit two adults but £8 on the day . This enabled people to visit all 22 gardens but we doubt if anyone actually managed that !

All proceeds go to charity , programme sales are routed to our Rotary trust fund for distribution and many of the gardeners chose their own charitable causes for sales of refreshments , plants and other items.

We are very grateful to the local shops who sold programmes :-

The Flower basket

Blaggs

Blue Corn

The good Life  (Heaton Moor & Stockport)

Unwins

THE GARDENS

(Garden location map included in programmes)

1.

151, Carnforth Rd. Heaton Chapel SK4

Rather a distance from the other gardens but well worth a visit is this plantsman’s garden and small nursery growing half- hardy plants, succulents, exotica and over a hundred varieties of unusual trees and shrubs. 

David has a vast array of knowledge and will be more than happy to talk to you on the day

Plants for sale

Wheelchair access on gravel

2.

Cedar House. 1-3 Derby Rd. Heaton Moor. SK4 4NE

Tucked away behind a pair of Victorian semis, the garden is surrounded by neighbouring houses, yet is an oasis of calm.

Created six years ago from scratch, the garden features a range of ornamental trees, grasses and perennials.

It is a garden in two parts. First a large, semi shaded court yard which leads to a larger walled garden with more traditional planting.

Wheelchair access on gravel paths

3.

Darley Street Community Garden. Heaton Norris SK4 2LX ( junction of Green Lane and Alexandra Rd )

This previously unkempt and unloved public footpath is now an extremely colourful and well cared for garden, giving much joy to all those who pass by.

Volunteers have worked tirelessly throughout the past two years, planting a wide variety of flowers and shrubs, many of which have been donated by local residents.

It’s an amazing effort and shows what a community with common interests, is capable of creating

4.

32 Bower Avenue. Heaton Norris. SK4 2LX  

( through the community garden )

A three year old wild life friendly cottage garden at the front of the house, containing many ground planted and potted plants including cardoons, teasels, lupins, hollyhocks, foxgloves, valerian, wallflower, Welsh poppy, bearded iris and many more that the bees lovePlants for sale for the community garden

Wheelchair access

5.

Green Lane Allotments. Green Lane.  Heaton  Norris. SK4 2NF

We invite you to come and have a wander in this peaceful haven. Originally the site of a market garden, the allotment site was laid out in the early 1950s.

We have over 150 members and the usual waiting list. Our plot holders include families with young children, all the way up to those who have been here for many years.

We are proud of our large site hut, shop and brick built toilet, all funded by members efforts.

We have 12 raised beds and a large greenhouse for older and less able gardeners.

Refreshments, plant and produce for sale for allotment funds.

Accesible toilet

Wheelchair access on main road round the site.

6.

8, Grosvenor Rd. Heaton Moor. SK4 4ED

This small terrace benefits from having an established south  facing yard to the rear, which is a sun trap with raised beds and pond side seating.

Access is via the ginnel at the back of the property, just follow the signs and look for the blue gate.

The front garden has just been renovated, replacing the failing brick wall and gateposts with a metal fence and bin store. This will hopefully provide support for climbers and a small roof garden to mature over the coming years.

Cordials and home made cake available in the hope of a sunny day. Donations in the pond please.

Wheelchair access to the front and back but might be a bit bumpy in the ginnel.

NO parking on Grosvenor Rd please.

7.

36, Queen’s Drive. Heaton Mersey. SK4 3JW

A substantial family garden filled with shrubs and perennials. You enter via a lawned area surrounded by informal flower borders and a small pond. This leads to a more formal area, complete with greenhouse, pergola, small courtyard and a raised deck smothered in climbers.

A tiny avenue of crab apples provided a pretty exit

There will be a well stocked plant sale and a stall, provided by Heaton Mess W.I, selling small savouries and cakes in aid of Manchester Blood Bikes.

8.

11, Gladstone Grove, Heaton Moor. SK4 4BX

This garden consists of lots of mixed planting on different levels, from a quite deep wild life pond (take care with children ) which attracts lots of insects and frogs,  to a wonderfully mature fig tree leaning majestically against  the south facing wall.

As well as this there are a variety of vegetables, soft fruit bushes, fruit trees and an abundance of flowering plants.

Wheelchair access on the lower level only,

Plants for sale in aid of Didsbury Scouts

9.

Heaton Mersey Village Gardens

Didsbury Rd, SK4 3AY, next to the Sea Scout hut facing McColls

A few years ago, volunteers started their transformation of the area by turning a neglected patch of wasteland into the raised Bed Garden. Besides a colourful display of flowers, it has a herb raised bed where visitors are free to pick the leaves and sprigs to use at home. There are also two raised beds containing vegetables.

Fronting the car park is the Sycamore patch gardens. Under the trees you can see circles made from Victorian bricks holding semi shade plants.

To the other side of the car park is the Triangle Garden, featuring fruit, vegetable and herb plants which will be available free to local people as the plants mature during the summer months

Come and get free herb recipes and advice on growing your own.

Why not visit the Sustainable Living in the Heatons gazebo, siding onto the gardens, to hear how they are working to make the Heatons a better place to live, both for now and the future

10.

Stella Maris School. St John’s Rd. Heaton Mersey. SK4 3BR

The garden at Stella Maris was established in 2022. Previously a water logged and underused playground it has been transformed into a space for learning about horticulture and for relaxation.

Initially the PTA invested in the removal of the old playground surface and the building of a new level path leading to the front door.

Raised beds were built and a small pond, fire circle and mini beast hotel created by the children.

A variety of fruit, vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees have been planted and the garden is now beginning to settle in.

Come along and see what wonderful things young children are capable of creating.

11.

Whyteleafe. 54, Mersey Rd, Heaton Mersey, SK4 3DJ

This garden has undergone many changes in it’s hundred year history. None of the past 32 years has really been planned, it’s just evolved and now contains a pretty koi pond, small orchard, herbaceous area, vegetable plot, fernery ( although I don’t think the tree ferns are going to recover ) along with plenty of seating areas.

Our garden isn’t pristine but its bee friendly and interesting,  with lots of old garden equipment as well as a wild flower area, and a greenhouse which is my favourite part of the garden.  

Refreshments sold in aid of Kidneys for Life, Manchester and plants and bric a brac for Rotary charities

Wheelchair access down two steps and on grass

Toilet

12.

Priestnall Allotments, Laurel End Lane. SK4 3LU

You can get here by walking along the path by the side of the school

Dating from 1934, this is the largest allotment site in Stockport. It displays several styles from traditional to modern with diverse planting of vegetables and flowers.

Smaller plots reflect today’s busy life styles whilst ten raised beds cater for the older and less able gardeners.

Plants and refreshments for sale in aid of St Ann’s Hospice

Accessible Toilet

Wheelchair access

NO parking on site or on Laurel End lane

13.

3, Prince’s Rd, Heaton Mersey. SK4 3NQ

A delightful, long plot, with  both mature trees and shrubs as well as herbaceous borders. Over the past five years the flower beds have been totally reshaped and planted with a plethora of bulbs.

The small, decorative pond divides the first part of the garden from the second and beyond.

Refreshments for sale in aid of Medecins Sans Frontiers

Wheelchair access on lower part of the garden

14.

15, Prince’s Rd, Heaton Mersey. SK4 3NQ

A surprisingly large family garden packed full with exuberant flower beds, a large vegetable plot and many fruit trees.

The orchard at the far end of the garden has hens and bees and we would ask you to respect recent bio security measure and not go through the gate.

All the produce from the garden is used and home made ice cream will be available on the day alongside cream teas, all sold in aid of Medecines  Sans Frontiers

Wheelchair access

15.

34, Prince’s Rd, Heaton Mersey. SK4 3NQ

A cobbled drive with Spring bulbs, camellias and azaleas leads to an arched entrance where a large wisteria cascades down the side of the house,

Azaleas and rhododendrons flank the path leading to the rear garden where there is a beautiful lawned area with herbaceous borders, a pond, greenhouse and children’s tree house. The  wild life pond is surrounded by acers, camassias and the most beautiful mecanopsis.

Wheelchair access.

Plants for sale

16.

West Heaton Bowling, Tennis and Squash Club. Prince’s Rd. Heaton Mersey. SK4 3NQ

As this is the 150th year since the club was founded visitors are welcome to look around the grounds of this family orientated club, enjoy the bar facilities in the club house and visit the kitchen garden worked on by members, at the back of the club house,

Lamplighters are more than happy to include the tennis club and congratulate them on 150 years  service to the Heaton’s community

You will see balloons on a gate leading out of the tennis club which leads to  17

17.

29, Cleveland Rd. Heaton Mersey. SK4 4BS 

A mature, yet modern garden with plenty of original features  and a variety of different zones for all ages to enjoy.

The raised patio gives a great view of the lawn and planting, edged by impressive ferns, grasses, fruit and flowers.

Under the mighty Lebanese Ceder are original rocks and alpines, which sit in contrast to the modernist white seating.

A woodland leisure area gives a traditional space to picnic, next to colourful wrought iron planters, whilst the cosy summerhouse means that you can enjoy the garden all year round, A reclaimed brick fire pit is on hand for chillier nights.

18.

44, Leegate Road,Heaton Moor.SK4 4AX

A larger than average back garden on different levels planted with a delightful herbaceous border.

The lower level contains a small pond in an oak barrel plus a pergola covered by a delightful purple and white wisteria. The large lawn with island beds has been created to form a variety of different areas within the garden.

Refreshments sold in aid of the red cross.

Wheelchair access lower level only

On road parking

19.

14, Moorfield Grove and the Grove Garden. Heaton Moor. SK4 4BQ

A secluded hedges front garden sectioned with hazel hurdles and box hedging. Featuring climbing roses and a collection of old water tanks repurposed to form huge containers stuffed full of cottage garden perennials.

A side path leads ‘secret garden like’ to a rear garden laid over three levels. This quirky, creative space features heritage gardenalia, old brick patios, raised beds, choc full of an array of cottage perennials: a paintbox of vibrant annuals, traditional physic herbs, a creative bespoke gardens room and a vintage potting shed All of which delivers a space brimming with character and bursting with variety,

The Grove Garden, outside the house, has been reclaimed since the builders left the land in a dreadful state and is well worth viewing to see the companion planting from the owners of number 14. It’s a haven for bees.

NO PARKING AT ALL ON MOORFIELD GR

20.

16, Deniston Rd, Heaton Moor. SK4 4RF

As you walk through the gate into the property you will pass through a small kitchen courtyard growing lots of vegetables and herbs in a variety of containers.

Proceed down the path to the rear garden, which is laid to lawn.

On your left there is a wild flower border and bird bath for the many birds that enjoy the hawthorn hedges.

There are also two raised vegetable beds, flower borders and a summerhouse for you to enjoy.

The star of the show is the wonderful view over the fairways of Heaton Moor Golf Club

Wheelchair accessible

Refreshments available for the Heaton Moor Golf Club Lady Captain’s Charity, Signpost

21.

3, Singleton Rd, Heaton Moor. SK4 4PW

The front garden is mainly shrubs with pretty flower beds and opens up to a back garden on two levels.

More shrubs and flowers are complemented by scented climbing roses and many clematis along with fruit trees and a vegetable plot

The small pond attracts lots of wild life and is loved by the frogs

Wheelchair access on lower level only.

22.

15, Peel Moat Rd, Heaton Moor. SK4 4PL

This mature ( 1906 ) house has a front garden framed by well established cedar, rhododendron, holly and hydrangea, with more recent planting of heuchera, allium and callycarpa to add seasonal interest.

The side garden of fatzia, azaleas, wild strawberries and rhubarb leads to a rear garden surrounded by mature shrubs, cabbage palms and a vigorous fig climbing up the south facing wall.

Terracotta pots are used to grow herbs for the kitchen.

Wheelchair access

Refreshments available in aid of  Friends of Heaton Moor Park.

Please remember that a garden doesn’t have to be pristine for you to enjoy it. Dandelions are a wonderful source of nectar for bees and other pollinators, so are well worth tolerating.

Our gardens will only take cash at the sales tables, so remember to bring some with you on the day

Below is a "taster" video of the 2020 virtual event during lockdown 


In 2022 the Open Gardens Event raised over £7000 which went to local charities , this year it was £9000.

You can donate directly to our charities by means of JustGiving

 

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