Eaton Rise Residents Association Fundraising: Open Gardens

We are incredibly grateful to Kathleen Rowlands, all committee members of the Eaton Rise Residents Association and the hard-working gardeners who organised an open gardens event in celebration of the Queens Platinum Jubilee to raise funds for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice Appeal.

Nine gardens were opened to the public on Saturday 9th July by Eaton Rise residents. The sun shone and the gardens bloomed for the 163 visitors who came along. There were a variety of styles of gardening on show from wildflower and wildlife friendly, organic gardening, ornamental herbaceous borders, vegetable patches, shade loving tranquillity, Mediterranean / Japanese oasis and even a dog friendly garden. All offered something of interest.

The Eaton Rise Residents Association raised a total of £870.00 on programme and plant sales, plus donations. The event was supported by the United Reformed Church, who kindly provided refreshments for visitors, which raised an additional £222.50. Thus a grand total of £1,092.50 was raised for the charity.

Kathleen Rowlands committee member said, “Thanks goes to all those involved with the organising and who volunteered on the day, but especially the open gardeners who have worked for several months to get the gardens looking beautiful, it hasn’t been easy during the summer heat and no rain to speak of. We would also like to thank all our lovely visitors who supported the event. It was great to meet people from near and far who have an enthusiasm for gardens. A fabulous day was had by all and a fantastic amount raised for Priscilla Bacon Hospice charity.”