Showing off my garden? Opening some Pimms? Raising money for Charity? All good reasons to open my garden to the public as part of the Goring Gap Festival.
Over 300 people visited and we raised £1100 for Thrive (www.thrive.org.uk), a charity that helps bring about positive change through horticulture, for people who are living with disabilities, ill health, or are disadvantaged.
Aside from being a mad busy weekend, I was thrilled to also host Joe Swift, as he delivered an amusing talk about his background and brushes with royalty at Chelsea. This was then followed by our own local GQT session and attended by nearly 200 people.
We had donkeys, a tasting table full of the homegrown produce from my garden, Bee’s, Cakes for sale and a plant stall.
What was not sold on the open day was sold throughout the rest of the summer, from a popup stall outside my house, raising over £200 for Medical Aid for Palestinians.
My garden has become particularly bountiful. Below is some of its wonders from 2018!