Raising-Funds is what we like! Last Saturday we held a Halloween Fright Night where we raised £250 for the National Garden Scheme! Our Garden Destination Centre was open to the public from 5pm-7.30pm and visitors were treated (yes – not tricked!!) to Vampire cocktails, food, live music and a juggling act.
The 16 Show gardens were decorated out in scary Halloween scenes such as oversized ghosts, ghoulish masks, spiders bats and pumpkins with fierce faces! Children joined in the fun as there was a competition to count how many ghosts they could find in the Show Gardens.
The local WI provided a delicious cake stand and served tea and coffee, which proved to be very popular. For those not in the know the National Garden Scheme raises funds for a number of charities including Marie Curie, Parkinson’s and the Princes Trust through encouraging the opening of private gardens throughout the UK.
National Garden Scheme
Although our Show Gardens are not private and can be visited 7 days a week, our Head Designer Mike Hodges came up with the idea to make it into a fun occasion for both adults and children and to leave donation buckets around the Centre for visitors to donate if they so wished. Mike has been involved in opening his own garden for the NGG for several years and thought the Show Gardens would be a great backdrop for a different kind of ‘Open Garden’. He was right!