Visiting the Hospice Open Gardens
As I sit in my garden which currently looks a little unloved, I’m so looking forward to visiting the St Michael’s Hospice Open Gardens. I love visiting the Open Gardens, as it gives me inspiration for my own garden and I can pick up some interesting planting ideas to add to my ever growing plant wish list. As a busy working mum of two with a puppy Cavapoo added to the mix, it’s a great opportunity to talk to the garden owners and learn from them regarding what plants and flowers have worked well in their gardens. Over the last few years I have been visiting the gardens I have found everyone is only too happy to give advice and tips and share their gardening experiences.
With each Open Garden serving a delicious selection of homemade cakes and drinks, to help raise additional money for the Hospice, it’s the perfect way to send a summer’s day either with my children (at the gardens open on a Saturday) my mum or friends (for the mid-week gardens). I always remember to take some extra money with me, as I always manage to grab a bargain from the Hospice pre-loved retail stall. Jill, one of the retail volunteers, told me she has been busy squirreling away lots of donated vintage bric a brac, which is sold at knock down prices, that along with the ever popular plant stall, it really is hard to leave empty handed!
Knowing the gardens raise vital funds for the Hospice, makes the visit even more enjoyable, it’s hard to believe last year’s Open Gardens raised over £36,000 for the Hospice.
Emma Bailey, Marketing and Graphic Design Officer
Photo of my lovely puppy Blossom in my garden!