Welcome to Virtual Marlborough Open Gardens 2020, an online Coronavirus-beating alternative to our longstanding Marlborough Open Gardens event.

On Sunday 21st June around a dozen generous members of the public were expecting to open their gardens during the afternoon in aid of the Merchant's House Trust. Now in its 14th year, this was one of our most important fundraising events. However, for very obvious reasons we moved this year's event online in order to protect our community and ensure that we could share some of the joy we experience in our gardens, even if we couldn't actually stroll around and take in the sights and smells in person.

We invited Marlborough garden owners to participate in this community initiative by sending us up to six photographs of their garden for us to showcase on this web site and also on our Facebook page. The closing date for entries was Friday 19th June.

There was no entry fee, and it was not a competition, but a wonderful incentive was generously offered by Ramsbury Brewery. All those taking part were entered into a free prize draw for an exquisite "Taste of Ramsbury" hamper which included gin, vodka, beer, oil, honey and even some glasses. The draw was kindly made by the Mayor of Marlborough on Sunday 21st June, and the winning gardeners were David and Alison Hammond whose entry was "Down in the Flood Plain". They live so close that when we let them know they had won, they came straight up to The Merchant's House while the Mayor (and the press) were still there, hence they appear in the photos...
The Mayor of Marlbough Mark Cooper making the draw with Alison Galvin-Wright, Chair of Trustees
Winnners of the prize draw, David and Alison Hammond

If you have any queries or comments, please contact jamesm@merchantshousetrust.co.uk