Exploring some of Flintham’s hidden treasures

tina's open garden

A dozen glorious gardens, plants, paintings and poetry, homemade cakes and opportunities for a little retail therapy – there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Flintham this weekend!

From 12 noon to 5pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June, 12 gardens in the village will be open to the public, many of them normally hidden from view due to Flintham’s unique design with its houses facing straight onto the street.

For the first time, the Girls Around Town‘s very own Tina Bettison will be showing off her artist’s garden. A Greek goddess, modern sculpture, the Stumpery and stone cairns sit among cottage garden borders and a long rectangular pond, a mix of formality and wilderness in equal measure.

Tina will also be hosting the plant sale, while a selection of artworks from her Cosmos collection will be on display in the Diva Den and, weather permitting, in the garden itself.

New member of the Girls Around Town team Fiona Theokritoff will be there too. With her poet’s hat on, she’ll be sharing some of her work and may even be writing some new poems during the weekend.

Elsewhere in the village, Anthea Chalmers will be opening both her garden and her jewellery studio – local artist Sally Anne Morten will be showing and selling her work – and botanical artist Barbara Munro’s work will be on display in her garden.

The village community shop will be open on both days, as will Flintham’s award-winning village museum.  The current museum shop window display, described by volunteer curator Sue Clayton as ‘a riot of colour with unexpected quirky touches of humour’, features the four seasons of the English garden through unsold shop stock and advertising material.

Parking will be available in the paddock behind the village hall – just follow the signs – and admission to the 12 open gardens is £5 per person (under 12s free). Teas and homemade cakes will be on sale in the village hall and all proceeds from the weekend will go to village good causes.

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