Open Gardens…blooming marvellous yet again

Hale gardens (30 of 46) (1280x853)That hardy biennial in the local gardening calendar, our ‘open gardens’ event, has once more succeeded in attracting a large and appreciative attendance and raised a considerable sum for our chosen charities.

Twenty-nine gardens across Hale and Woodgreen were dug, planted, carefully tended, cajolled, watered and mowed, before the crowds arrived on our chosen dates in May and June. Hale first, with its acid soils and early flowering shrubs, followed by Woodgreen 4 weeks later with its later flowering treasures.

The weather was fine and dry, with the later date a bit too hot for some., although claimed sightings of wilting gardens and their owners are definitely to be discounted as scurrilous. In response the crowds turned out to marvel at not just the beauty of each garden but the sheer variety, from wild to pampered, large and small, ancient and modern.

Open Day 17 (21 of 72) (1280x853)We are particularly appreciative of all those who worked hard to make such a success of this event… apart from all the actual gardening; from the forward planning, recruitment and advertising, to the making of cakes and serving of teas and much, much more.

Our 4 chosen charities will now benefit from a donation of £1,000 each… the Stars Appeal, Salisbury Hospice, the Furzey Gardens Trust and the Cherry Tree Nursery. An amazing result. Once again our sincerest thanks to everyone who pitched in, in some way or other. Your ongoing support is both welcome and indeed imperative.

See you in 2019…