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Avenues Open Gardens

Avenues Open Gardens (AOG) is a long-standing charitable event that has been running since 1976. This year around 50 gardens and allotments in the Avenues area of Hull (between Princes Ave and Chanterlands Ave) will be open to the public for the first two Sunday afternoons in July.

There is no vetting process for a garden to open and there is a huge diversity of garden sizes and styles (including a Marmite Jar Tree!) complimented by a variety of house styles from the Victorian and Edwardian periods onwards. Many gardens are long and some have original features like stable blocks and outhouses.

Residents and local organisations provide refreshments to fortify visitors for their expedition around the Avenues. There is also music in some gardens and at St Cuthbert’s Church on Marlborough Avenue and art at St Ninian’s and St Andrew’s Church on Chanterlands Avenue and at the Avenues Centre on Park Avenue. There will be the opportunity to buy plants from residents and from Mires Beck Nursery.
Support for local charities
We are proud to say that last year the event raised over £14,000 for local charities including
£11,500 for our main charity partner Dove House Hospice. We also gave £1000 to Preston Road Women’s Garden Centre. This year we have agreed to support the new CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health) children’s mental health unit for its garden which is being designed with the young users of their service and will house an outdoor gym, a yoga space and therapy sessions. The money will be spent on creating an area for the young people to learn to garden and grow various plants. The building is situated on Walker Street on the city's Thornton estate and is due to be opened in early autumn this year.

The event costs £4 per adult and accompanied children are free.
Adults need a programme/ticket each which can be purchased in advance on Salisbury St (Kings Stores), Newland Ave (Grain, Planet Coffee, and Dove House Shop), Chanterlands Ave (Panache, Library, and Dove House Shop)and at Cactus cafe on Princes Avenue.
Alternatively just turn up on the day and buy your programmes from any garden displaying the bright green AOG poster in their window.
Car parking is available at The Avenues Centre on Park Ave HU5 4DA and in Pearson Park and on-street throughout the area.

What will be happening?
There will be a fantastic range of garden styles including formal, wildlife and cottage. There is a wide choice of refreshments so visitors can enjoy relaxing in the gardens whist eating anything from falafel to cake and ice cream.
There will be music in several gardens and at St Cuthbert’s Church which once again this year has a full programme of bands and musicians who kindly offer their time and talents.
There will be an art exhibition at St Ninian’s and St Andrew’s Church on Chanterlands Avenue and St Cuthberts will also have exhibitions and dance and puppetry shows. There will be an opportunity to buy ceramics made locally and to buy prints and make your own lino square at the Avenues Centre (and contribute to the Longest Lino Print in the UK).
The event is free for children who are well catered for as several venues have children’s games and activities.
Plants will be on sale in a number of gardens and as usual Mires Beck Nursery will be selling plants to raise funds for their charity which provides opportunities for people who have learning difficulties or disabilities to be involved in horticulture.
Please come along and share your interest in gardening with our keen gardeners or simply enjoy a cuppa relaxing in this luscious green area of Hull’s inner city.

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