Our first Open Gardens afternoon was a great success.
The four gardens were the Unitarian Church Garden in Victoria Street, a hidden gem behind the church hall with shrubs set around a paved area with a basin of still water; the walled garden of 21 Victoria Street on two levels surrounded by tall trees with variegated planting and a miniature pond; the tiny courtyard garden of 4 Orchard Street boasting magnificent roses and colourful shrubs; and 49 New Square, the famous “secret garden”, with its rose garden, sunken pond area and lawn.
Tea was provided at the Unitarian Church, transformed for the afternoon into a café, and our chair Margaret’s granddaughter Zoë had made a beautiful cake, decorated with our initials CPRA, which was raffled.
48 tickets were sold at £5 each, raising £240, and in addition the raffle raised £42, so we are able to send to Jimmy’s Homeless Project, East Road, a cheque for £282.
We are very grateful to the gardeners, Susanna Brown, Katharine Ames-Lewis, Jan Bay-Petersen and Carrie Herbert, for their enthusiasm and magnificent work in bringing the gardens up to such a standard during the heatwave. We are grateful to the Unitarian Church for their immense generosity in making their church available for the event, and, in addition to Andrew and Susanna Brown, to the three members of the congregation who volunteered to help with the tea. We are grateful to Zoë for the cake and for drawing the raffle: the cake was won by our treasurer Sue Ilsley. Many thanks also to Jimmy’s for providing leaflets describing the homeless project in East Road.