Appleby Open Gardens and Scarecrow Challenge 2016
Just like last year the day dawned bright, sunny and dry. With gardens weeded, lawns trimmed, and scarecrows popping up over hedges, on verges and even up ladders and scaling walls, visitors to this hugely popular event were once again in for a treat.
Besides a collection of 15 gardens available to walk around, there was an art exhibition, a display at St Bartholomew’s Church, a treasure hunt, plus the rousing spectacle of a Pipe Band and Highland Dancers.
There was a never ending queue for ‘Betty’, the Thatched Cottage Ice Cream Company tricycle, serving delicious Blyton Dairy Ice Cream, as well as for refreshments served throughout the day in the Village Hall.
With a wide variety of garden plants on sale from their stall in the car park, Appleby’s own garden nursery, from Appleby Station, meant many visitors could go home with new, healthy plants for their own gardens. And Bric-a-brac plus a Tombola and raffle all helped to raise much needed funds for St Bartholomew’s Church and the Village Hall.