WELCOME TO AVENUES OPEN GARDENS
ABOUT OUR EVENT
Avenues Open Gardens is an urban open gardens event which takes place in the HU5 area of Hull on the first two Sunday afternoons in July every year.
We believe the event was first held in 1976 and that it is the biggest inner city open garden event in the UK. The proceeds from the event are donated to charities with at least 50% of funds raised given to Dove House Hospice.
There are usually around 50 private gardens open plus allotments and the nearby Pearson Park wildlife garden which is managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
There is no vetting process for a garden to open and it’s not a competition. Anyone in the area can open their garden.
The gardens show a diversity of gardening styles complimented by interesting and unique architecture of the buildings. Many gardens are large extending to 150ft with original features such as stable blocks and out houses.
Residents and local organisations provide refreshments and sell plants. Music in gardens and at St Cuthbert's church are also longstanding additions to the event.
In 2015, film maker Mark Richardson produced a film about Avenues Open Gardens. Mark said "this short documentary attempts to capture the sights and sounds of the Hull Avenues Open Gardens event, capture the spirit of the event, the beauty of the domestic gardens that populate this area, and explore why people value their green space".
The soundtrack to this film contains music by Hull's Fila Brazillia and The Solid Doctor. You can see Mark's film here.
You can find out more by browsing our website (scroll down for ticket details) and following us on Facebook and Twitter. If there’s anything else you need to know, contact us using the enquiry form on the ‘Get in Touch’ page.
We hope to see you in July!