The Hidden Gardens

 ‘The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” Gertrude Jekyll

Following the success of 2019, the Gardeners of Frome will throw open their garden gates once again. For three days between the 9-11th of July, we have an exciting rolling programme of Hidden Gardens; with different gardens opening on different days. There are more than 30 gardens on display with at least 12 gardens opening for the first time. Many gardens are offering refreshments with the proceeds going to charities of the gardener’s choice. The gardens are open from 10.30-5.00p.m. each day. Where possible gardens in close-proximity, have tried to open on the same day or days. In many cases, it may be more practical to park your car and walk. Some streets in Frome are narrow and parking can be difficult. To help you plan your days in advance, you can purchase and print your programme directly from the Frome Festival Website. PLEASE NOTE every visitor needs to buy a programme as the programme is ALSO YOUR TICKET.

Many of our gardens are accessible to people with limited mobility. We consider 15 gardens to be wheelchair accessible or partially accessible, and we think that at least 25 are accessible with the aid of a stick. In both cases it may be wise to have additional help from friends or family.

Come armed with a notebook and pen to jot down ideas, or to make a quick sketch. Enjoy the wide range of gardens on offer, the NGS gardens past and present, or refreshments in the garden of a Bake- Off finalist. Buy a jar of honey or a plant or two as a reminder of the happy day spent with us.

Plan your route carefully given that car parks in Frome charge. Public toilets can be found in the main Market Yard carpark. Having worked out your route, preferred gardens, coffee, and toilet stops you will be ready to ‘hit the ground’ running. Please pay attention to all Health & Safety notices, some gardens have beehives and others uneven paths or steps. Should you be unsure about allergens in foods on offer please ask your host. We regret that, with the exception of guide dogs, no dogs are allowed in the gardens. Depending on the current Covid 19 restrictions you may need to wear a mask so come prepared. Some gardens have pinch points, and you may on occasions come into close-proximity with others.

You will be able purchase and download your combined entrance ticket and programme online at fromefestival.co.uk.

The sooner you have your programme the sooner you can start planning your days. You will need access to a printer to do this. Please remember that it is £5 per person. This modest amount allows access to all of the gardens over three full days.

Or see Venues and Places page in the brochure, for Hidden Gardens points of sale locations in Frome.

All proceeds from ticket sales support the Frome Festival and proceeds from plant sales and refreshments go to charities of the gardener’s choice. Please carry your programme with you and be prepared to show it if asked. You will not be able to purchase your entrance ticket on the day from any of the gardens.