Open Gardens

As we can’t hold our Open Gardens event this year, we are planning an online virtual version instead. We invite any Moseley gardener to make a short video tour of their garden or allotment which we will broadcast on a dedicated YouTube channel on Saturday 27th June. If we get enough films then we may have a second collection open on Sunday 28th too. We especially encourage those who have not previously been able to open their gardens, for whatever reason, to consider making a video – make this your chance to take part in this great event. All you need is a smart phone or tablet and get out and start filming.

Photo: Lynne McPeake

Taking video footage is very easy, so we’d like as many people as possible to give it a try. Even if you do not have a smartphone or tablet then most digital cameras have a video recording mode. Your film could be a walk-through tour, or just some simple views, hopefully with a bit of audio. It could be made by one individual selfie-style or by someone in front of the camera and a second person operating it. You can choose when to make the film, picking the best weather days. The footage can be made over several days or indeed weeks, to show the progress of the garden. The action does not have to be limited to just looking at plants – we’d like to see you enjoying your time in the garden. Or you may have ideas we have not thought of yet – feel free to be creative.

If you have video editing skills, or know someone who does, then please send us your completed film. But if you can’t do this, we do have some skills in this area and will be able to take your clips and assemble them into a film.

We have written this Video Guide to give you help and suggestions of the type of filming we need, and advice on how to take good footage that we can use.

Please get in touch with any queries or offers or suggestions via – we look forward to hearing from you.

Kate Stocks, Gill Abraham and Jonathan Smith
Open Gardens 2020 team

Photo: Lynne McPeake

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