Green-fingered enthusiasts are being asked to open their gardens to the public to raise funds for Prospect Hospice.
Taking place throughout the spring, summer and autumn of 2011, Prospect Hospice’s Open Gardens programme offers the public a rare opportunity to discover the secrets of hidden and private gardens in our community not usually open to the public. Visitors will be able to explore some beautiful grounds and quiz the creators on the techniques used in bringing these unique spaces to life, in return for a donation to Prospect.
Daniel McNally, community fundraiser at Prospect Hospice, said: “It’s a really simple but effective idea, and from the feedback we’ve received, the public really seem to enjoy themselves.”
“In the past we’ve featured a variety of beautiful gardens, from amateur gardeners who’ve joined up with their neighbours to create a day out for visitors, through to a Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal winner, and an expert on the art of Bonsai. Some people also lay on refreshments, raffles and garden games to raise more money.
“It really about putting on an event that showcases your garden, creates a unique day out for visitors, and helps raise some money for Prospect. Its also a great opportunity to share your love of gardening with others.”
Prospect will release the programme of open days later this year. In the meantime, why not consider opening your garden to the public? If you would like to host an Open Garden, then please get in contact through www.prospect-hospice.net/opengardens or call the fundraising team on 01793 816161, to see how Prospect can help you make the most from your Open Day.