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Hundreds enjoy open gardens at Edith Weston




Blessed by glorious sunny weather, the Open Gardens at Edith Weston was an overwhelming success, with more than 400 visitors arriving all day and thoroughly enjoying the rare opportunity to see some very

special gardens, many with magnificent views of Rutland Water.

Eight gardens were open, including small vibrant cottage gardens, elegant Italian-style gardens, and well – established traditional English country gardens, resplendent with richly coloured borders and exuberant roses.

A spokesman for the event said: "For visitors there was inspiration and delight around every corner, and it was a privilege to get behind the fences and hedges to see just how creative our neighbours are. A huge

amount of effort went into preparing the gardens, and we are endlessly grateful to those who allowed visitors into their gardens to make this event such a success."

but there was far more to the day than the gardens alone, and the village community came together to provide delicious home-made cakes and teas, and the quality plants from Rutland Water Garden nursery also sold like hot cakes as the musicians of the local Beaufort Wind Quintet played a delightful selection of light pieces in the sunshine.

The open gardens was the brainchild of Gill Bretten, who, together with her family, has worked tirelessly to ensure that the event was a success.

She said: "The parochial church council cannot express their thanks enough. Not only was this a success in fiscal terms, raising over £2000 for repairs to St Mary’s Church, but it was a fabulous community event, with many villagers contributing their time and talents to make the day go so well.

"Thank you to everyone who was involved; if I tried to list them all it would read as a roll call for Edith Weston. Thank you too, to all those who visited and enjoyed the day – you made it all worthwhile."



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