Welcome to Letchworth Open Gardens 2021 and its history .
Letchworth Garden City Open Gardens began in 2002, opening every alternate year, so 2020 would have been our tenth year but we had to go virtual last year. Hopefully in this more "normal" of 2021 year we will have about eight hundred visitors to over twenty gardens. If we do have to impose some restrictions on access and numbers this year we do hope that you will be happy for all unused tickets to be considered a donation to our charities.
Letchworth Open Gardeners enjoy meeting visitors and showing our gardens; we strive to be super tidy for one special day. We are proud to make money for charities. Over the years we have raised over £42,000 for the British Red Cross, the Garden House Hospice and other national and local charities. We now raise nearly £10,000 each year and hope that you will help with this in 2021.
Letchworth Open Gardeners are a group of local individuals who share an enthusiasm for gardening. You will find that each garden looks different. They vary in size from large to tiny and in styles from modern to English traditional, from gentle to exuberant, perhaps exotic. Many of us grow fruit and vegetables.
Several types of top soil are found within Letchworth. Some gardeners work on heavy clay, some have only a few centimetres of topsoil before striking a hard layer of chalk; others have gritty, light topsoil.
Letchworth rainfall in 2019 was only 526 millimetres (20.7 inches.) We complain that we endure weeks with too much or too little rain. Generally our gardens are dry—and often windy. Growing a garden is a journey that never ends. Each season unpredicted things happen—to delight or dismay the gardeners. This year the spring season was very late so who knows what will be happening on June 27th!