Keen gardeners and horticulturists are being offered the chance to visit five special gardens around the town of Uppingham.
On Sunday, April 9, between 2pm and 6pm, gardens at four houses – two of which have previously opened for the National Gardens Scheme – and the gardens around Uppingham School’s new science centre will open and ready to welcome members of the public.
In addition to the gardens, there will be an opportunity to view, externally, the award-winning buildings of the school’s Western Quad, where the science centre is located, and the buildings in the ancient quads of the main school campus.
The occasion will be further enhanced by a special display of hanging baskets along High Street West, towards School House and the ancient quads of the school.
To make this unusual event even more special there will be ‘tea and fizz’ on offer in the church hall, an Easter egg hunt in the churchyard and, in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, a display of photographs of Uppingham School buildings before and after recent changes.
In addition to normal parking in the town, parking will be available in the Uppingham School sports centre car park, off Leicester Road.
Tickets may be purchased on entering the science centre/Western Quad area from the sports centre car park; from the Porter’s Lodge (High Street West) or from the church hall (just off the Market Square).
Ticket prices are £4 and £1 for accompanied children – this includes the Easter egg hunt.
Members of Uppingham School’s gardens department will be present in the gardens of the boarding houses and science centre and will be pleased to answer questions.
Areas in some gardens are unsuitable for wheelchairs.
Proceeds from this event will go towards Uppingham Parish Church funds.
Richard Harris, chairman of the church social and fundraising committee, said it promises to be an entertaining and informative day.
He said: “We are delighted to be able to offer members of the public the opportunity to visit and enjoy these superb gardens.
“The church does a lot of work in the wider community and funds raised will help this continue.
“We hope to see many people make the most of this opportunity on the day.”
Uppingham Church thanked Uppingham School for their help and cooperation with this event.