Despite the challenges presented by the British weather so far in 2013, everything is coming up roses for green fingered residents of a picturesque local village.
From pruning and propagating to mulching and mowing, locals have seen gardens blossom into a rainbow of colour ahead of the 2013 Long Marston Open Gardens, taking place on June 15 and 16.
Eileen Visser, member of the Open Gardens Organising Committee said: “This year’s wet weather has meant our plants and flowers are around four weeks behind where they would normally be this time of year, but the recent warmer weather has seen the gardens explode into colour just in the nick of time.
“It’s a great event for both seasoned and novice gardeners and is a great opportunity to chat and share ideas and advice with others.
“It’s also an important fundraising event for the local community and we hope our ‘petals’ may turn to ‘pounds’ in support of the local school, playgroup, church and village hall.”
A variety of village gardens will be open to the public, spanning country estate gardens, pond and wildflower gardens, tree and shrub gardens, a thatched cottage country garden, plus a wild garden featuring an array of stone carvings.
Local families and children from the village playgroup are also putting their creative talents to the test by producing a gaggle of scarecrows, which will form a trail around the village.
Refreshments will be served at the village school over both days of the event, with plants, preserves and gardening books all on sale.
Long Marston Church will also be open to the public for the weekend and will include a collection of farming and gardening antiquities.
Parking will be available at four designated areas throughout the village with access for disabled visitors.
Tickets cost £5 a day or £7.50 for a weekend pass with money raised from the event supporting the village hall, church, school and playgroup. More information can be found at www.longmarston.com.