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Canterbury Cathedral gardens

By KentOnline reporter

Make the most of the once-a-year chance to explore the beautiful private gardens of Canterbury Cathedral this weekend.

Alethea & Graham Lester visiting the Archdeaconry garden, Canterbury Cathedral

The popular annual Secret Gardens event, which has been held at the cathedral for over 10 years as part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS), unlocks the hidden gardens within the grounds.

The two-day event is a must for anyone who loves and appreciates the art of gardening, and the talented Cathedral gardeners will be on hand to answer queries.

The Very Rev Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury, said: “The precincts themselves are very beautiful, but the opportunity to visit the historic gardens of many of the houses makes the event very special indeed. We who live here enjoy the interest and enthusiasm shown by other gardeners who come to visit us.”

Scarecrow in the Dean's vegetable garden, Canterbury Cathedral gardens

There will also be the opportunity to see a bee observation hive and buy honey, plants and refreshments. Visitors can also enjoy the spectacle of classic cars on the green court.

All money raised will go towards the charities Pilgrims Hospices and Send A Cow.

The gardens will be open from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, May 24, and from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, May 25. Normal precinct charges of £10.50 for adults and £7 for children apply, and an additional £5 per adult for the Secret Gardens event.

Visit www.canterbury-cathedral.org or call 01227 762862.

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