Almost every year (usually on the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May) we hold our village Gardens Open Day. There are about 10 gardens open ranging from the large to the very small and from the formal to the downright quirky so there is always a lot to see and ideas for your own garden.
We always hope for good weather and, although we have been unlucky on a couple of occassions, there are still a hardy group of garden lovers who make sure that they see all of the gardens even in the rain. Unfortunately, this year, the early Spring weather has defeated us and we could not find enough people willing to open their gardens at this time. So, we have arranged a smaller event for this year with plants and refreshments (see posts on Home Page) but hope to come back in 2019 with an even better selection.
Since 2001 this event has raised over £40,000 making it our major regular fund-raiser and we thank all of those people who have contributed to this marvellous achievement by either opening their garden, contributing plants for sale, helping on the day or visiting the gardens.
We always need new gardens so, if you live in Toddington and have a garden you would like to show please contact us through the Contacts page on this site.
There is always a plant stall which proves very popular and where it is possible to pick up plants from cuttings and grown by gardeners in the village, which may not be readily available in garden centres, as well as stocking up on more easily availabe plants at good prices. The stall is organised by Margaret Tilstone and now proves a very important part of the day for many of the visitors and has raised almost £10,000 since 2001. The plants we sell are good quality cuttings and if you could contribute please contact us through the Contacts page on this site.
In 2012 we combined the Gardens Open day with craft stalls and a floral display in the church. We raised almost £2,000 despite the challenges provided by the weather before the day and the extra competition provided by all of the Diamond Jubilee events on that weekend. You can see some of the pictures from the day by clicking here.