Green-fingered Headley villagers will open up their garden gates to the public this weekend.

The Headley Open Gardens event has taken place annually for the past 14 years, and this year sees ten gardens open to visitors.

There will be a range of gardens open on both Saturday and Sunday, all of varying size and layout from the cottage garden to the larger garden.

There will also be a themed children's competition in all the gardens and a treasure hunt at Little Benifold.

Teas will be provided at two of the gardens and lunches will be served at The Church Centre (opposite All Saints Church).

Tickets are £10 per adult (children aged 16 and under are free) and will be available at the Church Centre in the High Street on each day.

Pam Williams said: "Headley Open Gardens was founded by Christine Leonard and Phyllida Smeeton and this year for the first time we are opening under the umbrella of the National Garden Scheme and proceeds from the sale of tickets will go their designated charities.

"There will be a grand raffle draw with some great prizes and proceeds from this will go to the Rosemary Foundation."

Each of the gardens taking part are described as follows:

Clover House

A once neglected large garden, which has now been brought back to life with shrubs, flowers, and a vegetable patch. The garden is surrounded by meadow and woodland. Sculptures are dotted around to provide points of interest and surprise.

Arford Lodge

Large gardens including wild woodland, water meadows, landscaped lawns and a restored walled vegetable/flower garden.


Large garden surrounded by hedges and trees. Mixed borders of roses and shrubs with a fruit &vegetable patch.

The Hollies

The half acre garden surrounds the property with lawns and borders containing mixed planting with plenty of perennials. There are clipped holly topiary trees at various points of the garden. A courtyard at the back contains a water feature and seasonal pots. There is a large productive vegetable garden which also contains a greenhouse. Also in this area are espalier and step over apple trees.

Little Benifold

Set in a total of five acres comprising three acres of woodland, one acre of paddock with specimen trees and one acre of formal garden with lawns and borders. The borders are stocked with shrubs and plants that the deer, who roam freely in the grounds, do not favour. 

The Old Rectory

One acre walled garden the heart of the village with a large selection of interesting trees and shrubs. There is a pond with goldfish and a waterfall. Borders surround the lawn and there is a beautiful Chapeau de Napoleon rose, a tall cryptomeria japonica and a mimosa which should be in flower.

The Tithe Barn

Originally the Church’s barn dating back to 1640’s  with it’s beautiful walled garden of an acre used to process and store a tenth of the farmers’ produce as a stipend to the Rector.  Often referred to as a “market” or “kitchen” garden it is now an established oasis in the heart of Headley.  Come and enjoy with your “Tithe!”

Frey Elma

A quintessential cottage garden consisting of “four linked” rooms comprising shrubs, herbaceous plants, vegetable, greenhouse and immaculate, well-edged lawns.


A garden of mixed planting with shrubs, herbaceous and hidden corners.

The Square House

Character house overlooking the Village Green with an attractively landscaped walled garden.

2 Eashing Cottages

Situated in the Hamlet of Arford it has a typical cottage garden with a stream running through the grounds.