How does your garden grow?

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Do you sometimes watch Gardeners’ World, or some other similar TV programme and think to yourself, “it’s alright for Monty Don because he’s got a hidden army of under-gardeners all with a lifetime’s experience and knowledge, but what I need is some help and advice from someone local who can show me what will grow in East Yorkshire soil and what I need to do to get the most out of my small patch of garden”?

Well help is at hand. Through Cottingham Open Gardens you are able to visit many gardens in your area that are managed by people just like you. They’ve often experienced all the problems that you face but have persevered and found ways of overcoming the difficulties. They’ll be able to tell you what grows well and, just as importantly, what they’ve found difficult to grow.

You may see plants which would be perfect for your garden but which you have not thought of growing, or which you’ve tried and failed. Undoubtedly you will go away with some new ideas regarding how to best organise and manage your garden.

All those who open their gardens to the public are willing to share their knowledge and may help you to overcome the problems which you face. Many also have young plants for sale taken from seeds or cuttings of plants growing in their garden. So you don’t need to be enticed by an enhanced picture in a catalogue from a company based miles away, you can see the actual plant growing in the Cottingham garden, so you can know what to expect.

Cottingham Open Gardens 2018 will take place on Sunday 17th  June and Sunday 24thJune.

Entry passports (£4 per adult, accompanied children free) will be on sale at Barker’s Newsagents in Hallgate,  from 1st June

Come and join us we might just have the answers you’r looking for.

Cottingham Open Gardens 2018

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Cottingham Open garden 2018 will take place on

Sundays  June 17th and June  24th 2018

We are working hard behind the scenes to make sure its going to be bigger, better and more exiting than ever.

We have new gardens and new attractions for all the family



Thinking of opening your garden -We’re here to help

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 If you are interested in opening up your garden and need some information  help or advice please contact Jim on the number below. We are happy to assist you in opening your garden.

  Jim  01482 875129

We are always looking for new ideas  to raise money for the Cottingham Open Gardens charity
If you have skills or time to offer we always appreciate help to improve our advertising and communication
We will be updating this website again regularly and in the new year we will give details of the new gardens and any further developments

New gardens for 2017

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2017 Open gardens is going to be even more spectacular!

We have new gardens  some of which extend into the ancient moat of Cottingham Castle.  This year will be bigger and better than ever with extra addition  of allotment gardens.

Our reputation has spread and visitors are coming from far and wide by the coachload. The standard of the horticultural interest of the garden reaches international level as the gardens showcase rare and unusual plants  with top national specialists showing their dianthus collections.

Gardeners will be on hand to discuss the plants in the gardens  and give expert advice on lawn care, vegetable growing and flower propagation.

Passports will be available from 1 June at Barkers on Hallgate, the Duke of Cumberland and the Bluebell

passports will be available  in the gardens on opening on the 18th and 25th of June.

Look forward to seeing you there!



Greenfrog garden design are hopping over to help

We’re hopping over to help the team who are working like mad to organise Cottingham Open Gardens on the 19th and 26th of June . We’ll be helping to organise and we’ll also be available for garden design advice or garden coaching sessions. One thing is for sure there will be garden inspirations galore. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see some of Cottinghams most splendid gardens.

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We’re getting ready for the big day. Save the dates! 19th and 26th June

Cottingham open gardens are only 2 weeks away. All the gardeners are working really hard to get their gardens ready for your visit.   The 2 sundays are the 19th and the 26th of june. We need a great turnout in recognition of the hard work that’s gone into the preparation of the gardens and a show of support for our important local charity. Dove House Hospice.

Jim and Gill Stansfield, two of the main organisers have been gardening like mad all winter and preparing lots of treats for the Open Days. Its not just about gardens as there will be artwork, crafts, tea and cakes just to name a few. We can’t give everything away it would spoil the surprises!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon

Save the dates 19th and 26th June





New gardens, new plants for 2016

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New gardens, new flowers, new plants new attractions are the order of the day for this year’s OGs.

Provided that the weather is kind to us we should have no problem equalling if not surpassing last year’s magnificent amount raised of £9119.00 whilst treating the good people of Cottingham and district to  the delights of some of the most beautiful gardens of the area .

All the gardeners are working hard to get their gardens ready for the public as well as arranging a great variety of activities, entertainment. Refreshments in order to raise as much as possible for this very worthy cause. Each host has brought has brought their own personality and twist to the event with gardens coming in a wide range of varieties and styles.

There will be choirs and Morris dancers appearing in some of the gardens .

We even have an international flower judge who will give us the benefit of his years of growing an developing Pinks and Carnations.

Last but not least is the fact that you will be able to participate again in the grand Lottery with loads of magnificent prizes. The top one being the P&O Mini Cruise to Amsterdam or Zeebrugge.

“Passports” which allow the holder to visit all of the gardens are priced at £3 with accompanied children free.

Passports will be available at the Railway Hotel the  Duke of Cumberland

And Barkers in the village during the fortnight preceding the event and at all the gardens on the day. Dove House will also provide a minibus service from the Green every half hour.

Come and have a lovely relaxing an entertaining day. JIM



We’re back, and we’re working on an extra special 2016 edition of the Cottingham Open Gardens

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Followinng the sucess of the open gardens in june 2015 our enthusiastic team is back to work creating the 2016 edition which promises to be even bigger better and very exciting. The organisers have decided on two sundays in june  the 19th and the 26th and are hoping for a really good attendance to support our charity work for Dove House Hospice.

Its all hands on deck as the gardens are being groomed to perfection in preparation for a fun family event.

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Cottingham Open Gardens 2015

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We opened for two sundays this year ,firstly to give people a chance to get round all the gardens and secondly as a form of insurance against bad weather .It was a good job we used this ploy as the first Sunday was miserable but the second was very good and despite the bad start we made a total of £9119 for Dove House Hospice and their letter of appreciation is below.We had some new gardens this year and we attach some pictures .

Somehow or other our fame has reached Google and as a result a national tv company has contacted us for information and photographs and subsequently has asked for permission to film in selected gardens with their £20,000 drone camera.

Unfortunately legislation only allows these airborne cameras to be used as long as they are operated more than 50 metres away from habitation so only one of our gardens was filmed from the air

but they were so impressed with some of our other gems that they asked to do videoing at ground level.At this stage we do not know the why’s the what’s or the when’s of the proposed programme,but watch this space.


Sugar and Spice are making a cake for a Lottery prize

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 The  super village cake shop has been sweet to us.

Suga’n’Spice Cakes create hand decorated cakes for all occasions. From concept to creation you can be confident that your cake will have exceptional quality,excellent taste and skillful workmanship.

To learn to decorate your own cake or purchase cake decorating products contact


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The management of The Duke of Cumberland Hotel and the Elie Mais Tea Room are pleased to be associated with Cottingham Open Gardens 2015 and have agreed to sell progammes for the event and will do meal deals for Open Gardeners on the presentation of an Open Gardens programme.
The Duke is the central village pub ,located adjacent to the village green and provides fine wines beers spirits and excellent food.


Cottingham open gardens 2015

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Spurred by popular demand it has been decided to repeat the event in 2015 and opening this time on two Sundays the 14th and the 21st of June as an insurance against bad weather and enable people to visit all the gardens .Last year people remarked that they did not have time to complete visits to all the gardens .
We have six new gardens that will open next year and people are coming up with lots of ideas to create interest and entertainment
We have a Zumba dance troupe who have agreed to perform free,a lady has offered to do finger nails,we have a face painter, a plant pot and slate painter.
Dove house are laying on a minibus,will do all the printing for us and provide the lottery tickets.

The Duke of Cumberland Pub in the centre of the village has agreed to act as a central source for tickets  and will do a meal deal for ticket holders.
We will have a fortune teller,people dispensing garden advice.,and children’s competitions.

Tickets will be on sale at all the gardens and various shops and pubs in the village will have publicity leaflets.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you there.