The Avenues Open Gardens in Hull 2012

The growing season is a little late this year and there has been a lot of rain so there are many fine blooms and lush gardens to see – a real treat for the eye – I managed to take a tea and cakes brake and support Amnesty International – but didn’t quite have time for a curry. Many Thanks to artis Jackie Ward Lomax who lent me her trusty bike and treated me to fresh coffee at the end of the event – here is alink to the photo gallery so you can share some of the magic of the Hull Avenues Open Gardens one of the largest and most diverse open gardens events in the country.I was asked to photograph the Hull Avenues Open Gardens last Sunday the 1st of July they were fantastic –

A lot of people have asked me if I do prints – yes of course and if they can license the images – yes of course! Just give me a call on 07877434739 or email

In brief:

When: Sunday 1st and 8th July 1pm – 5pm 2012

Where: The Avenues – Victoria, Park, Westbourne and Marlborough Avenue
with gardens also opening on
Ella Street, Blenheim Street and Farnley Square, off Ella Street
HU5 postcode

Hull’s Avenues Open Gardens is possibly the biggest open garden event nationally, attracting around 2500 visitors over the two weekends the gardens are open.

£3 per adult gives admission to all gardens for both weekends and accompanied children are free. There is a free ‘Hail and Ride’ minibus making the event very accessible to all. Entrance to gardens is by a programme and programmes can be bought from gardens that are open on the day. Gardens that are open display a big green poster in their front windows visble from the street.

The Avenues gardens show a real diversity of gardening styles complimented with interesting and unique local architecture. Most of the gardens are huge, some going back 150 feet with original features from the times they were built, from the 1870’s until around WWI, such as old stables and out houses. Gardens are not inspected – the rules are ‘there are no rules’ – as a result the gardens that open are individual and distinctive. This gives the event a genuine feel of a celebration of the domestic gardens in our city’s conservation, urban environment. Some gardens offer refreshments, teas, cakes, art, music and other community activities.

For more information find our Facebook Group ‘Avenues Open Gardens’ or @AvenuesOpenGdns #avenuesopengardens on twitter to keep up to date with the event.

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