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Open Garden - 25th April 2010


By AndrewR


Sunday dawned cool and grey and by 8am, a light rain was falling (contrary to the balmy seventy degrees forecast). Although we desperately needed the rain, it was disappointing that it chose to fall on our Open Garden day.

But by mid morning, the rain fizzled out and the sky brightened. By 2pm, when we opened to visitors, the sun was trying hard to shine and it was pleasantly warm. Last year, nearly 150 punters came through the gates but we didn’t expect so many this time.

This is the front garden the visitors saw first

A shady corner under the flowering cherry beside the house

Into the back garden, and by now the sun was shining

The view down the garden from the house

Another woodland corner with camellias around an old apple tree

And the new foliage garden, starting into growth for the first time

Even the auriculas on the patio added to the floral display

The most asked after plant was this clump of erythroniums

There was definitely a rush in the first hour which slowed as the afternoon progressed. The plant sales table seemed to be emptying too. By 5pm, 163 people had paid to see the two gardens in Bracknell and we raised over £900 from gate money, plant sales, information sheets and cards. With some group visits booked for later in the summer, we will break the £1000 mark this year.

Now for a rest!

PS. Thanks to Pamd who visited with a present for the garden

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Im still wondering if my garden would make the required grade.
Well done Andrew.

26 Apr, 2010


Congratulations to you Andrew, I love the first picture of the front garden, the flowering cherry is beautiful with the blue sky behind it. Your back garden looks lovely and I'm pleased you had so many 'punters' viewing both gardens. Feet up now, until the next time ! : o ) )

26 Apr, 2010


Well done Andrew. I'm glad the sun came out in the afternoon.
Your gardens look very pretty :o)

26 Apr, 2010


Congrats Andrew, what a superb total you raised. what is your charity? The garden looks beautiful! Enjoy your rest!

26 Apr, 2010


well done that man . is the erythronium white beauty?
lovely garden and good total too.

26 Apr, 2010


well done from me too... glad the day went so well lovely garden and photo`s

26 Apr, 2010


Karen - it was the National Garden Scheme which supports several charities but the main two beneficiaries are MacMillan Nurses and the Marie Curie Cancer Fund

SBG - yes, White Beauty. Full marks :-)

26 Apr, 2010


I have 6 in the garden that i got last autumn. I have be delighted with them. I am hoping to get some of the pink ones next year. How long have you had this clump? My pagoda are clumping beautifully.

26 Apr, 2010


Congratulations Andrew thats a fantastic achievement, well done you enjoy your rest!!!

26 Apr, 2010


Well done Andrew on a very successful day,your garden is lovely..........

26 Apr, 2010


A lovely garden pleased the day was a success.....hope the rest of the season is successful too......

27 Apr, 2010


Thanks Andrew...excellent causes indeed!

27 Apr, 2010


SBG - they were planted in the autumn of 2000 so are well established now. The same area also has E.dens-canis (purple), E.tuolumnense (yellow) and E.hendersonii (pink) which all flower at slightly different times

27 Apr, 2010


Your hard work has certainly paid off Andrew, your gardens look lovely and how nice that you had so many people visit and raised a nice sum of money. :o))

27 Apr, 2010


Thanks for some more names to look out for AndrewR. My purse is off into hiding :o)

27 Apr, 2010


You certainly had a successful day, your garden is lovely:)

28 Apr, 2010

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