Open gardens success

Following the huge success of this year’s St Michael’s Hospice Open Garden season, the Hospice are delighted to announce the season raised over £36,000. 

With over 60 gardens opening their garden gates in aid of the Hospice which attracted over 4,000 visitors, the season was enjoyed by visitors and volunteers alike. 

“For a few hours I got lost in the beautiful gardens and watched dragonflies dance, frogs swim and birds sing their hearts out. So much inspiration at Fairlight End Garden. What an absolute dream of a garden and wonderful how they open up their garden in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. One magical morning.” commented one visitor. 

“I enjoy volunteering at the Open Gardens because of the amazing team we have, who all work so well together. The visitors are great too some returning each year and greeting us like old friends. Helping in such beautiful surroundings really lifts the spirits, especially after such a strange year”. Said a Hospice volunteer. 

Laura Sully, Senior Community and Events Fundraiser commented; “I would like to thank all the garden owners and volunteers from this year’s Open Gardens, we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with all the wonderful support received. The number of visitors (often in the rain) was just fantastic and we are delighted to announce we raised over £36,000. It was wonderful to see so many people out and about enjoying themselves, thank you to everyone who came along to support the Hospice and enjoy the stunning gardens.” 

The 2021 Open Garden season was kindly sponsored by Crest House Care Home. 

If you didn’t get chance to visit the Open Gardens this year, why not pop along to Chris and Christiana Meaden’s autumn garden opening in aid of the Hospice on Thursday 30th September from 10am – 2pm at 74 Tower Road West, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0RL. 

We are already planning next year’s gardens and look forward to seeing you there. If you are interested in opening your garden in 2022, please email:

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