NGS Open Gardens 2017

The Open Gardens weekend was the Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2017 from 12:30 to 5:30pm.

It’s pleasing to report that, despite the rather cool and windy weekend, the Open Gardens team had over 600 paying visitors through our gardens during the weekend. That represents more than £3000 raised for NGS charities. In addition, Glynis and her excellent team of helpers (Jill, Liz, Rachael, Sue, Mandie, Laura, Linda, Doris, Dee, Izzy and Jane) raised a further £1500 from the sales of wonderful teas and cakes (thanks to everyone who donated cakes, too!). The raffle made £350, and our craft stall fees a further £100. Some of the gardens also grew and sold plants, raising a further £600 for charities they chose.

The Open Gardens Team has decided to donate £50 to the Weston Tots and Babes who are such an important part of the life of the village, and £100 towards the expenses of printing the newsletter, without which some would never get to hear what is going on around our village! The remaining balance will be divided equally between St Michael’s Church (for the upkeep of this heritage building), the charity Thrive (to support disadvantaged and disabled people, and people with mental illness in the midlands to find a new purpose in life through gardening and horticulture), and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (to help maintain their service, which receives no government funding).

Heartfelt thanks from the team to everyone who helped make the event such a success. Of course our gardeners work very hard to create the gardens, but without others in the community who helped with the parking, collection of entrance fees, sale of raffle tickets, making and serving teas, and so many other small things that make a difference, this would count for nothing!

Also nice to report the number of visitors who praised not only the joy of the gardens they visited, but the quality of the teas, the wonderful views across the Warwickshire countryside our route around the gardens offered, and how well the parking was managed!

Image © courtesy of Jane Jones Commercial Photography.