Monday, 17 September 2012


We had a wonderful day for Musters Road Open Gardens - fantastic weather and huge numbers of visitors, many of whom commented on the great atmosphere and the friendly welcome they received from the Garden Hosts.

Most importantly, we raised £2,361 for our charity, The Friary Drop-In Centre which does valuable work with homeless people in the city.

Here are some pictures of the day to give you a flavour if you weren't able to join us.

Dahlias .... and a few more

A librarian's garden

Afternoon tea was VERY popular

oh ... another dahlia
Many, many thanks if you did come along and contribute to the magnificent total we raised.  We enjoyed every minute and hope you did too.
Musters Road Open Gardeners

Sunday, 9 September 2012

The Numbers Are Still Coming In!

With 300+ visitors the Musters Road Open Gardens event was blessed with some wonderful September weather!

We'll keep you updated with the total amount raised - but it's definately £1,000+

A huge thank you to everyone involved - especially the waitresses at 133! And to Kate for organising the whole event in the first place...

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Information about all of the gardens has now been published on this website - just click on "The Gardens" tab above...


Run, walk, cycle, drive or wheel yourself — or make it more interesting by joining Peter Hammond of West Bridgford Local History Society on a guided walk of this stretch of Musters Road (approx. 45 mins).

Walk 1 leaves The Friary at 2.45 pm

Walk 2 returns from the corner of Devonshire Rd at 4.30 pm.

Peter will bring to life some local history specific to the road and its role in West Bridgford’s development...

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Apple Pressing at 200 Musters Road

A few years ago we set up the Abundance Group , especially when we found out that there were so many apple, pear, plum and cherry trees planted around us in Musters Road.
The idea behind the project is that if anyone has a fruit tree that needs harvesting, we come as a group to pick your fruit, give to you what you want, tidy up and take the rest with us to divide up. Some will go to the pickers, some of it will go to people who will turn it into jams, chutneys, pies, juices etc and some will go to the Abundance shop on Clumber Road. (help yourselves but please leave a donation)

The apples this year are not very good and plentiful as the spring was very wet and the bees have therefore not been able to pollinate the blossom very well. We do have a variety of apples donated by local people, which we will turn into juice for you to try. We will put the freshly pressed juice into sterilised bottles (donated by Taste on Clumber Road) so you can take a bottle home with you. Any donations will go to the Friary Drop in Centre.

History Walks by Peter Hammond

On the day we have organised 2 guided local history walks from The Friary to the corner of Devonshire Rd, and back again. Peter Hammond of the West Bridgford History Society is extremely well informed about WB's history and the walks will take 30/45 mins. The first walk, leaving The Friary, will leave at 2.45 pm, and the return walk, leaving the corner of Devonshire Rd and going back to The Friary, will leave at 4.30

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The final countdown!

With just over 2 weeks to go we can announce that we have 12 gardens opening along Musters Road for Open Gardens on Sunday 9 September - including the children's raised vegetable beds at Jesse Gray School and The Friary's allotment on Kingstson Road (just off Musters Road, alongside no. 200).  There will also be one garden dedicated to children's games and activities (including a pedal-powered smoothie maker!).  Several of the open gardens will have plant, book and CD stalls and there will be afternoon teas available too.  What more could you possibly ask for? 

So, please join us between 2 - 6 pm on Sunday 9 September.  Start at any garden (all open gardens will have balloons outside) and the entry fee you pay there (£3 per person, or £5 for 2, children free) will get you into all the rest of the gardens.

All the money raised by the event will go to The Friary Drop-In - also based on Musters Road - and there will be a Harvest Thanksgiving Service at the Friary's allotment at 6 pm to mark the end of the day.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Beekeeping at 200 Musters Road

On the day we will have a stall to promote the great work Friends of the Earth is doing with their Bee Cause as well as promoting beekeeping in West Bridgford

We will have bee games, hand out wild flower seeds which attract bees and other pollinators, promote our next beekeeping course as well as promoting BIBBA.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Preparations ....

There's nothing more satisfying than doing a spot of weeding ........

Unless, of course, it's getting someone else to do a spot of weeding for you ....

Saturday, 23 June 2012

An appeal!

Planning for the Musters Road Open Gardens event on 9 September is moving on apace and we now have 8 - possibly 9! - gardens opening as well as the children's raised beds at the front of Jesse Grey school which is a fantastic addition to the afternoon. 

However .... by far the majority of gardens opening are in the section of Musters Road between the Melton Road traffic lights and Jesse Grey school.  It would be wonderful if more of our neighbours in the stretch of road leading to Trent Bridge would join us and make the afternoon a truly All-Musters Road event!

Please - if you live on that part of the road - get in touch and join us!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Flickr Photo Group for Musters Road Open Gardens

There's a photo group to upload photos' too at -

Not much there at the moment - but we plan to add photos through the summer months to get a real sense of the gardens leading up to September 9th.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Amalfi Coast - Gardening Report...

I'm not sure the Musters Road Open Gardens will be able to offer such a splendid Bougainvillea as this beauty on the Amalfi Coast, but there will be much else to tempt and interest gardeners and non-gardeners alike. 

In this area of Italy, currently being visited by one of our 'Open Gardeners', the predominant horticultural feature are the huge and plentiful local lemons - the trees are grown in terraces up and down the steep slopes along the coastline, and are absolutely groaning with fruit - unlike this gardener's lemon 'twig', currently approximately all of 15 inches tall and sporting one and a half golf-ball sized, green fruits! 

A triumph of gardening hope over expectation! We look forward to you visiting us on 9 September.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Monday, 28 May 2012

Hello World... Initial Press Release

Musters Road Open Gardens

 Looking round other people’s gardens is one of the nicest ways to spend a Sunday afternoon – whether the main purpose is to borrow some planting ideas, enjoy chatting with other gardeners, take some gentle exercise and refreshment or, let’s be honest, be a bit nosey! The open gardens concept certainly isn’t new to West Bridgford – Lady Bay and Selby Road have well-established open weekends  - but now it’s the turn of some of Musters Road’s residents to reveal all and – they hope – raise a decent sum of money for a local charity.

The date is September 9th (put it in your diaries now!) and there will be a dozen or so gardens opening up – big, small and somewhere in between, with the added attraction of cream teas, home –made cakes, a plant stall, fruit pressing, a wandering minstrel and games and activities to keep the children happy. The gardens will be open from 2 - 6 pm and it won’t cost a fortune – just £3 per person or £5 for two (no charge for children) will get you into all the gardens and every penny raised will go to the Friary Drop-in Centre on Musters Rd, which does such a brilliant job supporting people who are suffering hardship because of homelessness, unemployment or other personal crises.

More information is available on this website and on Facebook and twitter - details to follow.

 If you'd like to volunteer your garden or your help, email Kate Lewis at