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By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 23, 2014

  • Repton open gardens....Ron Pugh - 20 Pinfold Close

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A POPULAR event that allows green fingered gardeners to showcase their efforts to the public has announced details of its 2014 showcase.

Repton Open Gardens is an annual event that has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

This year it will take place from Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22 and the search is now to find any new village residents who want to throw open their back garden to the hundreds of people who attend the three-day ‘spectacular’.

A spokesman for the event said: “With spring on its way, this is a good time to think of joining our village open gardens.

“Almost everyone who opens their garden for the first time needs their arm twisting.

After all, unlike show gardens, our gardens have to earn their keep throughout the year, but visitors know that, and that is one of the reasons why they come from far and wide.

“They enjoy a relaxed afternoon and pick up ideas for their own gardens.

“On the Friday, the weekend will begin with an evening of wine and music, the gardens open on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm and we usually finish off with a spot of drinking, dancing and socialising .

“For the gardeners, it is a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.

“They unfailingly comment on the friendliness of the visitors and the pleasure of showing them around their gardens.

“During the open gardens weekend, 12 to 15 varied gardens, including four National GardenScheme gardens and the recent Repton Memorial Arboretum will be open, most on both days.

“Year after year, visitors come from far and wide to this event and we are always delighted to welcome them, exchange ideas and make this a special weekend.”

There will also be scarecrow festival and a children’s garden trail this year.

All money will go towards St Wystan’s Church, in Repton.

Entry costs £5 per adult with 18 years and under free .

Tickets are available from several sites in the village.

Anyone who would like to open their garden for the first time is urged to call Tom Hyde on 01283 703662.

More information is available by heading online to ww.reptonvillage.org.uk*

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