Welcome to Histon & Impington Open Gardens. Every two years, the owners of some of the most beautiful private gardens in our villages open them up to the public to visit for one day in June. All proceeds from the event are shared between several local charities each year. It’s a magical and fun family day out.
In these secret green spaces, you can wander between lush flowersbeds and borders, sit shaded by mature trees and shrubs and marvel at plump fruit and veg grown by our villages’ most dedicated and passionate gardeners. And if that’s not enough, some of the owners also offer food and drinks, music or even book readings in their gardens. Sit and sip a cup of tea and enjoy a slice of homemade cake while local musicians serenade you or enjoy lunch to the sound of birdsong and the sight of butterflies flitting between the summer blooms.
This year’s event takes place on Sunday 9 June 2019, 12 noon – 6pm. Now in it’s 7th year Histon & Impington Open Gardens is bigger and better than ever before. Out of a total of 18 gardens opening – our biggest number to date – 11 are new additions, opening to the public for the very first time.
So whether you’re a veteran of Open Gardens or you’re new to the idea of visiting our villages’ beautiful private spaces, you’re all in for a treat!
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The money raised from Histon and Impington Open Gardens 2019 will be divided equally between the following four charities:
Since Open Gardens started in 2007 over £33,000 has been distributed to Voluntary Service Overseas, Emmaus UK, East Anglian Children’s Hospice, Home Start (Cambridge and District), Histon and Impington Feast, Diabetes UK, Camsight, The Cogwheel Trust and WaterAid.
Arthur Rank Hospice
Arthur Rank Hospice supports people in Cambridgeshire living with a life-limiting illness and those who need end-of-life care. Our specialist and community-based palliative care is timely and compassionate.
The Cavendish School
A new school dedicated to young people with autism spectrum condition (ASC) in Cambridgeshire.
Based in Histon, Cambridge. The Playgroup provides play for preschool children with additional needs and disabilities and their siblings.
Open Gardens 2017
LThe sixth biennial Histon and Impington Open Gardens was held on Sunday 11th June 2017 with seventeen gardens opening, as well as the Community Orchard.
There were music groups playing in several gardens and teas served at three together with hot sausages, soup and rolls. The Guides served strawberry and marshmallow kebabs alongside representatives from the charities that the event was raising money for.
The Village Society and the Histon and Impington Archaeological Group were represented in some of gardens.
The event was a wonderful day out for all with over 8000 garden visits. £5600 was raised so each of the four charities will receive a cheque for £1400:
• The Cogwheel Trust
• Histon and Impington Feast