Faversham Open Gardens & Garden Market Day: The biggest one-day ‘open gardens’ event in the South East. Sunday 25th June 2017 10am-5pm.

The Faversham Society Open Gardens & Garden Market will be held on Sunday 25th June, from 10am-5pm. With 35 gardens and 30 garden-related market stalls, this is now the largest one-day open gardens event in South East England. It attracts visitors from all over Kent, London and further afield.

Faversham is a historic market town with over 500 Listed Buildings, many dating back to medieval times. Faversham Open Gardens & Garden Market Day is a chance to see what lies behind the historic houses. Most gardens are within walking distance of each other. This, combined with the Garden Market in the picturesque Market Place, gives the town a festival air on the day, with garden visitors exchanging greetings in the streets when they spot each other’s Open Garden handbooks.

Gardens include walled gardens, wildlife-friendly town gardens, an ‘exotic garden’, a ‘meadow’ garden and a tiny garden bursting with plants. Several gardens are on Faversham’s waterways. Four gardens behind Cyprus Road cross the Cooksditch, an ancient stream, and ‘England’s prettiest allotments’ overlook the beautiful Stonebridge Pond. Stonebridge Lodge on the edge of Stonebridge Ponds, is a garden created around the water.

There are also several community gardens, including the wildlife-friendly and pioneering Abbey Physic Garden, which helps people suffering from physical or mental difficulties. And, as well as gardens behind ancient buildings, there are also new-build gardens.

The Garden Market has several specialist plants stalls and also sells vintage and second-hand garden tools and artefacts, local crafts and hand-made foods. It is open from 10am-4pm.

The event will be opened at 10am by Kent Garden Designer and runner up of the 2016 BBC Great British Bake Off, JANE BEEDLE. She is will also be our Roving Expert about Town visiting both the market and the gardens.

The day has been designed to offer an enjoyable day out for families or groups friends – there are plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance and some gardens offer home-made teas. There is also a children’s Hunt the Golden Pebble’ competition.

Faversham is easy to get to – Faversham station is just over an hour from both London St Pancras and London Victoria. The town is five minutes from junction 6 of the M2, and half an hour from junctions 4 and 2 of the M25, and has good road and rail links to the rest of Kent.

Faversham Open Gardens & Garden Market Day is a Faversham Society event, raising money to help the Society to protect the historic buildings and environment.

Tickets are £6 each or two for £10 (to include one handbook only). Available from mid-May onwards at Faversham Society, the Fleur-de-lis Heritage Centre, 15-17 Preston St, Faversham, Kent ME13 8JL. Also available from The FOG stall in Market Place on the day.