A good thyme had by all ...

Gardener's delight ... New owners of the George, Bonnie Steel and Lewis Bennet, in their edible garden.
Gardener's delight ... New owners of the George, Bonnie Steel and Lewis Bennet, in their edible garden.

IN a picture postcard village, you would expect picture postcard gardens, and that was mostly what visitors to Cavendish’s open gardens event were greeted with at the weekend.

But there were a few sights to confound, from tropical palms and birds of paradise, to a Roman forum – complete with pillars – in the middle of one lawn.

As well as the 20 gardens filled with potagers and ponds, lilies and lavenders, the hundreds of visitors also had the chance to see the recently landscaped gardens of Cavendish Tea Rooms and the chef’s garden at The George.

And for those who found themselves wilting in the sweltering heat, there were numerous refreshments on offer across the village.

More than £3,000 was raised, which will be divided equally between organisers Cavendish Community Council, and St Nicholas Hospice Care, with Barclays Bank matching the amount raised for the hospice.

Organiser Judy Kemp thanked all those came and those who helped on the day.

She said: “It was a bumper year. People made lots of lovely remarks and it created a nice community spirit.”