Gardening Day at The Ropewalk
The Ropewalk’s annual Gardening Day returns on Sunday, May 23, after a break last summer because of Covid restrictions.
“This year we have had to be mindful of all government restrictions in place at the time of the Gardening Day but at the same time we want to make the experience as near as possible to previous Gardening Days for our visitors,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.
“Our stalls will be socially distanced and on one side of the Promenade only and there will be free car parking available both at the southern and northern ends of the Promenade,” she went on.
This year there is a wide range of stallholders from Carol the Plant Lady who already has a large following in the local area, through to Waltham Herbs, a family based, specialising mainly in herbs, lavenders and perennials.
Ornamental grass specialists Westshore Nurseries of Winterton will also have a stall as will Roanne Nurseries of Kilham that specialises in fuchsias, as well as cottage garden perennials and herbs.
Also making the journey across the river is Preston’s Ashkeys Growers, a family run plant nursery based in East Yorkshire that grows a large range of herbs and vegetables, alongside a great mix of herbaceous perennials, alpines, and cottage garden plants.
Other gardening related stalls include one manned by the Barton Allotment Society whose members will be selling plants surplus to their own requirements, chainsaw carver Sarah Mitchell and New Holland’s Pete Rogers who is noted for both his both figurative sculptures and highly engineered water features.
The Ropewalk will also be manning a stall and selling, amongst other things, the potting pinnies that have been so popular in previous years.
Providing entertainment will be the Bread and Butter Theatre Company and the Ropery Coffee Shop will be open for refreshments.
This year Gardening Day will start from the gate near the Coffee Shop entrance and stretch along the east side of the Promenade towards Ropery Hall. It opens at 10am and continues until 3pm and there is no charge for admission.