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2012 Gardens

The sixth Mellor Open Gardens Day took place on 17th June 2012, 20 years after the event was first held. 22 garden owners had battled to prepare their gardens through the wettest April to June ever recorded, but were rewarded with a bright afternoon, 1000 visitors and the buzz of a vibrant village festival.

Once again, visitors were invited to appreciate varying styles of garden design and horticulture. Nine of the gardens, including three in the neighbouring hamlet of Mill Brow, were on display for the first time; a modern interpretation of a Japanese garden contrasted with a former mill pond, now professionally re-landscaped; bird- and bee-friendly gardeners contrasted with others striving to keep out badgers, squirrels, foxes and deer from their tender vegetables and perennials! Visitors inspected the historically important Roman ditch and fortification now excavated in one of the gardens and a display of plants commonplace 2,000 years ago, whilst enjoying the same extensive views over Mellor and the surrounding hills as earlier Stone Age visitors to Mellor! Visitors this year were drawn not just from the Stockport area, but as far afield as Rochdale, Bury, Blackburn, Ormskirk, Warrington and Derby.

Delicious lunches, teas and home-made cakes were available at both Mellor Primary School and Mellor Parish Centre. Supporting activities included plant sales,  raffle, Cancer Research U.K. Wishing Tree and, for the first time, a Silent Auction with seven garden-related Lots bid for through this site. The lots comprised various items SEE HERE. and were all sold.

The event was again staged as a collaboration between fund-raising supporters of Cancer Research U.K. and Mellor Parish Centre, and raised a record total of £13,000, divided equally between these two charities, an outstanding result for all the 150 volunteers who worked so hard to make the Day so special and successful.

Sue Beesley, winner of the BBC Gardener of the Year 2006 competition, and now the owner of the renowned  Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery near Warrington, joined us again, toured the gardens and offered horticultural advice to visitors. After she had visited the event in 2008, she wrote in her blog –‘ ( Mellor Open Gardens) both a feat of horticulture, hospitality and logistics of which the community is rightly very proud’

Indeed, Mellor is prouder than ever to present this charitable event every four years, and we are looking forward to the next time!!