Where: The Avenues – Victoria, Park, Westbourne and Marlborough Avenue with gardens also opening on Ella Street, Blenheim Street and Farnley Square, off Ella Street HU5 postcode
Over 50 residents of the Avenues open their gardens to the public in Hull’s unique, urban conservation area each year. Gardens have opened to the public since 1976 in the Avenues and all profits are donated to charities. The Avenues Open Gardens also include the allotments within the conservation area on Richmond Street and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s garden opposite Westbourne Avenue.
Hull’s Avenues Open Gardens is possibly the biggest open garden event nationally, attracting around 2500 visitors over the two weekends the gardens are open.
£3 per adult gives admission to all gardens for both weekends and accompanied children are free. There is a free ‘Hail and Ride’ minibus making the event very accessible to all. Entrance to gardens is by a programme and programmes can be bought from gardens that are open on the day. Gardens that are open display a big green poster in their front windows visble from the street.
The Avenues gardens show a real diversity of gardening styles complimented with interesting and unique local architecture. Most of the gardens are huge, some going back 150 feet with original features from the times they were built, from the 1870’s until around WWI, such as old stables and out houses. Gardens are not inspected – the rules are ‘there are no rules’ – as a result the gardens that open are individual and distinctive. This gives the event a genuine feel of a celebration of the domestic gardens in our city’s conservation, urban environment. Some gardens offer refreshments, teas, cakes, art, music and other community activities.
For more information find our Facebook Group ‘Avenues Open Gardens’ or @AvenuesOpenGdns #avenuesopengardens on twitter to keep up to date with the event.