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Willen Hospice and Stony Open Gardens

Stony Open Gardens takes place in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes over a weekend every other summer. Last year we raised a record £15,440 for Willen. However this year is very much an unusual year with all of the Willen charity shops closed during lockdown, and their fundraising activities postponed or cancelled. Willen Hospice now faces a shortfall of at least £800,000!

To help out, Stony Open Gardens decided to stage a VIRTUAL Open Gardens event by videoing many of the most beautiful gardens in our portfolio of over
30 gardens. All the videos can be viewed on this website and all that we ask is that you support the incredible work that Willen are doing by giving generously.

It’s simple. Just click on the donate button and you will be transferred to our unique JustGiving site. You can see how much we have raised, and how much we hope to raise.

Please give generously.

Videos of the gardens

Initially we are highlighting five gardens. Each video is about seven minutes long, so you can really get a feel of what the garden is like.

You can view the videos in any order you like and replay them as many times as you wish. Videos can be viewed garden-by-garden, or as one continuous video of about 30 minutes.

More videos will follow later in the month and we plan to end up with 13 videos. Keep watching this space!

All we ask is that you make a donation to Willen Hospice via our specially created JustGiving page.

Remember this year Willen Hospice is facing a major challenge as their usual fundraising has been limited due to the Covid-19 crisis. They estimate that they are at least £800,000 short!

Please be as generous as you can.

Sue and Rick’s garden
Enter via a narrow passageway to this wonderful garden. The first plant of interest is a magnificent Palm tree. Herbaceous borders, trees including a Paulownia and many interesting features together with a large dovecote.

Debbie and Stuart’s garden
Herbaceous perennials, trees and shrubs make this a beautiful garden, which also has a paved area, pergola, decking, lawn, and open views.
Liz and Rob’s garden
A garden at the far end of Stony Stratford with views over towards Passenham.
With places to sit and relax and enjoy the artworks and the planting.
Lesley and Laurie’s garden
A large, organic south facing garden, which has evolved over 30 years with ceramic pieces, a small water feature, pergola, summer house, shrubs, herbaceous borders with bamboos, perennial grasses and vegetables.
Sue and Andy’s garden
A contemporary interpretation of a traditional three section garden with rounded brick patios, seating and pots, a pergola to lawn and herbaceous borders, followed by vegetable and fruit, a greenhouse and a shed.
Robin and June Payne
Mediterranean-style garden with a white granite terrace. Steps in a curving white wall lead down to the lawn, borders and pond. Beyond is a fruit tree espalier and vegetable plot.
Peter and Margaret Clarke’s garden
Secluded large rear garden, corner plot laid to lawn with mature herbaceous borders and colourful flowerbeds.
Pam and Bryan Egan’s garden
South facing split level garden with two patios, raised beds providing seating, architectural plants such as bamboos and lavenders and roses for scent.
London Road Allotments
There are 168 individual plots – here are a small selection. The plots are looked after by experienced gardeners and novices too, young and mature and from all walks of life.
Wolverton Road Allotments / Community Orchard
This restored orchard offers a peaceful haven for the community. Its an inspirational place with lashings of community spirit.
Sheila and Norman Brazell
Secluded walled garden with a rockery with a water feature and pergolas supporting vines, wisterias and roses.

Kate and Ray Heath
Walled garden with mature shrubs surrounding a fishpond. The lawn is bordered by beautifully scented roses, shrubs and miniature trees.

North End Pond It’s Your Neighbourhood Group
A haven for pond and wildlife – ducks, frogs, newts, dragonflies, birds, bats and owls.
The area has been transformed by volunteers and is surrounded by a native wildlife meadow and includes a picnic area with picnic tables.