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'Light at the end of the tunnel' theme for Black Isle village of Cromarty as gardens and studios set scene to open to visitors

By Hector MacKenzie

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Cromarty is ready to welcome visitors to the event.
Cromarty is ready to welcome visitors to the event.

The small Black Isle town of Cromarty will once again be opening its doors with art, flowers, gardens and studios for all to visit.

Starting from this Saturday, June 25, there will be an outstanding display of flowers and botanical art in the historic East Church on Church Street.

Floral arrangements by members of the Ross-shire Flower Club and by enthusiasts who have been trained in the art of flower arranging by Evelyn Wilson of Cromarty, will decorate the old church.

The theme for this floral display is ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ to reflect the feeling of relief at the ending of the hard days of lockdown during the pandemic.

The floral display will be complemented by the work of local botanical artists who have been studying botanic art under the tuition of Cromarty artist Julie Price. All are amateur artists and the quality and detail of their drawings is outstanding.

The Flower & Art display is on all week from June 25 until July 3 in Cromarty East Church.

It is open from 11am to 4pm each day with admission by donation. The church, with origins in the medieval period, is a fine post reformation building and is well worth a visit.

Cromarty is ready to welcome visitors to the event.
Cromarty is ready to welcome visitors to the event.

At the end of the week the Flower & Art display will be boosted by homeowners and artists throwing open their doors to the public to allow visitors to view the hidden gardens behind Cromarty’s walls and to see inside the studios of local artists working in paint, glass and wood.

The last time Cromarty Open Gardens was held was in 2019 when the event raised £5000 for the benefit of local groups and charities.

Organisers are hoping to at least raise the same amount and, with the added interest of the Open Studios this year, even more visitors should visit the small town over the weekend.

Several local businesses have generously sponsored the event which will be a help towards covering the overheads.

Cromarty Open Gardens & Studios are open from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3. Admission is £5 per person (cash only) and tickets are valid for both days so visitors will be able to return for a second day. There will be a dedicated car parking area on The Links for the weekend and tickets can be purchased there and from ‘The Hub’ at East Bellevue House on Church Street.

The Art & Flower display will also be open on both days so there will be plenty to see and do.

Organisers are hoping for some Black Isle sunshine to make it a perfect weekend.

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