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Queen’s Park Open Gardens and Studios goes from strength to strength and in 2020 has gone virtual!

Our Virtual Open Gardens and Studios event is happening on Instagram on Sunday 14 June.  Use #qpopengardensandstudios2020 to look at photos and video posted by our gardeners and artists. Sadly, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic we had to make the decision to cancel the 2020 live event.

In June 2018, despite taking place on a rare cloudy day, more visitors than ever came to enjoy the work of local gardeners, artists and craftspeople.

Ticket sales raised nearly £3,500 – a record. The profits are being split between the paediatric intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital and QPARA projects to green our neighbourhood by, for example, planting street trees and buying and maintaining planters on Salusbury Rd.

Thanks go to the hosts who opened their gardens and studios. For the gardeners in particular there’s a lot of hard work to make sure their gardens are in peak condition on the day. Thanks, too, to Anna and Anton Jansz and Glenis Pearson who opened their neighbouring gardens in Chevening Rd for tea and music since the first Open Gardens in 1998. And thanks, too, to the generous local businesses that sponsored the day.

This wonderful biennial local neighbourhood event gives you the chance to get out from behind your computer screens and wander round the neighbourhood, meet friends and view gardens and artwork. This year we showcased seven new gardens and artists.

As well as entrance to all the gardens and studios, the ticket price included a full colour guide to the day and a much-needed cup of tea and slice of home-made cake in the lovely Tea Garden, where people can rest their feet and listen to live music from local players and singers. As well as in the tea garden, there will be music in the park all afternoon.

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