Hurstpierpoint Open Gardens: June 2019
by Prue Heron
A break in 2018 seemed to have been just what was needed for local gardeners and the team as this year, attendance and takings broke all records.
We were overwhelmed with the generosity of local businesses and residents contributing the likes of wonderful plants and home-baked cakes. Both ran out, just at the right time and contributed to the amazing takings. Not surprising when you saw the vendors multi-tasking to keep up with the queues throughout the afternoon.
The nine gardeners who opened their gates, couldn’t have more different offerings so there was something for everyone – cottage gardens, roses, majestic topiary, edible plants, wild gardens, hens, a tulip tree (which came into bloom on the very day) and, not forgetting veg plots. We couldn’t have done it without transport being available – kindly provided by Hurst College, Freemans and Cycling without Age. In fact, the event attracted so many more people than expected, that we ran short of transport…. we apologise to those who had to wait this year and we will make sure there’s plenty for next year.
The weather was perfect – neither too hot or cold. Events like this, bring out the best in the village and we really hope that any newcomers and long-term residents enjoyed the afternoon, bumped into neighbours – old and new and enjoyed a cup of tea and chat in one of the gardens (in the case of Langton Lane) with relaxing live music to enjoy while you rested your feet.
The grand total raised from all this activity was a record £8,502.71. On top of this, two of our members work for Legal and General who generously added a further £1,000 to the total so it was with huge pleasure that we donated £9,500 to our much deserving hospice – St. Peter and St. James. The Government contributes less than 17% of the £2.6 million the hospice needs to run for a year so they need every penny and asked us to thank everyone involved.
There are too many contributors, to thank individually on here but credits are shown on our Facebook page, Hurstpierpoint Open Gardens and our website www.
If you are thinking of opening your garden, you can phone me, Prue Heron, on 01273 835064 or 07769 904724.