Why Open Gardens?
For many people, food growing is meant to be perfect - vegetables in straight rows, not a weed in sight. Spaces are meant to look like how they are shown on TV, rather than allotments and food gardens everywhere in their messy imperfection.
Opening up gardens to the public therefore gives them an insight into other people's ways of growing and is a fantastic opportunity to share skills and knowledge. People can learn from each other and be inspired to get started or keep growing.
How to Organise an Open Gardens Event
We would recommend, reading through the guide to organising effective events and take all these points into account when planning an open gardens event.
Here are some further questions to help get you started:
Inspiring Local Examples
Since 2012, the Incredible Edible Somerset Open Gardens has been taking place, opening up allotments, smallholdings, community gardens and more all over Somerset. The first weekend in August 2012 supported 135 people to share skills, and over 200 benefited in 2013 participating in diverse grassroots workshops, while visiting inspiring local projects. Read a write up of the weekend here.
Details for each year will be listed here, get in touch to get involved in this county-wide grassroots event.
Bristol's Get Growing Trail
Bristol Food Network organise a get growing trail every June, with diverse urban growing projects open to the public. They also organise workshops and different demonstrations. Be inspired by what they have done here.
Further links & resources