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2008 Mellor Open Gardens

On Sunday 25th May 2008, visitors to Mellor enjoyed the privilege of exploring sixteen beautiful private gardens, eight of which were new to the Open Gardens event. Also on view were the grounds of Mellor Primary School and the Mellor Memorial Gardens where ongoing restoration work had recently been undertaken.

The gardens on display were spread around the clearly distinct parts of the village, reflecting its topography and the way it has developed over the last two centuries.

Some were secluded and sheltered, whilst others enjoyed sweeping views over the village and surrounding hills and valleys; some had been created within the last 30 years from open meadow whilst others continue as on-going projects; some had been carved out of hillsides, whilst others enjoy the luxury of a level site. Styles varied from the lovingly manicured to informal woodland, and even to a garden which had been designed with children in mind.

Herbaceous borders, heathers, alpines and bulbs complemented shrubberies with notable specimens and collections of ornamental trees; perhaps not surprisingly in Mellor, spectacular bog gardens and ponds featured frequently; more surprisingly, collections of fruit trees with old apple varieties thrived and vegetable plots abounded.

The Mellor Open Gardens Walking Guide was popular with many visitors. The guide encouraged walkers to discover selected lanes and hidden footpaths in the village when moving from one garden to another. Other visitors made good use of the free bus service that ran the length of the village throughout the day.

Two centres, one at each end of Mellor, were open for refreshments and other attractions and facilities.