Wow…. Garden Open Weekend 2015

Wow. What a weekend, it has been truly amazing. When we got up on Saturday morning it was already raining hard and had been all night, the garden looked sad, the wisteria had a limb practically lying on the ground and plants were also prostrate. Urgent attention was needed and quick. With the wisteria propped up temporarily, wet plants lifted out of legs way, we thought, know one in their right mind is going to turn up in this. How wrong we were…

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The poor Wisteria after it’s propping up.

Our first visitors were Cathy and Mr Golfer from Rambling in the Garden, I thank them for coming all the way to see us in the pouring rain. Armed with hot coffee we had a wet walk around the garden and a catch up. Thinking this was going to be a slow day Mr Malc and I had our lunch and then, the visitors kept on coming. Wet and bedraggled these stalwarts trotted round the garden, asked questions, hopefully got the right answers and bought plants. Around 60 people came on Saturday. One couple, admittedly they were visiting family locally, came all the way from up state New York, I hope they weren’t too disappointed what with the weather. They did give me some nice feedback. Loving the roses and the perfume in the garden.

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Nice couple from up state New York and a family member.

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Still Saturday in the rain…

Sunday morning no rain and a bit brighter. Decided to put the bunting out and more signs etc, thinking this would be the better day. We got a bit worried for the first hour as only our friends arrived and some of our family. Then suddenly, that was it, the starting gate was open…..

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Me in the middle with my back to you, chatting to Anne another blog follower who is creating a new garden from scratch…..

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Such nice people…

For the next four hours we were full to capacity, there were folk every where, plants were rolling of the shelves and bags were filled. I was giving advise on anything from pruning wisteria to ‘how do you make your wire birds’ the questions kept coming and I was in my element.

We had some lovely visitors from whole families keen to know where to start with their plot to really knowledgeable folk whom I learned a lot from. I thank them all for coming, especially all those followers, be you Facebook or my blog followers, who all came to make this weekend truly great. We counted up and we had around 200 people through the gates on Saturday.  Thank you…

Some of the comments and questions I got …

‘I’ve never seen so many different bees in a garden’….

‘Where did you start’…

‘Who inspired you’…

‘ How long did it take the wisteria to flower’

‘What was it like when you came here’

‘Have you got any more Viola Cornuta ‘… no but just come with me and I will dig one up for you…

Thank you to every one for making what could have ended up being a very disappointing weekend, turn into a really happy friendly one….

So this evening we, the owners of the gardens that opened, will all meet up and go round each others gardens. This will be interesting as there are some new ones this year. It could be a long evening, but there are drinks at the end of it to make it all worth while. I will post again soon when I know the total raised this year for various charities….

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13 responses to “Wow…. Garden Open Weekend 2015

  1. It was our pleasure to visit both you and the garden, Sue (and Mr Malc) – and only about 40 minutes away, so not far really. I was thrilled to be able to meet up at last and shall be posting about the visit later in the week – well done you for opening your garden to all those visitors. A successful weekend indeed! 🙂

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  2. It looks like your open garden was a great success 🙂 Well done

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  3. Everything looks absolutely lovely – wet or not. 🙂 And, gardeners are a hearty lot and love Q&A don’t they. So glad it was a success. Hats off to you for such a wonderful venture, so much hard work, and for doing it for such a good cause.

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  4. Opening up my garden always makes me nervous. I love doing it, but I’m afraid someone will see that gigantic weed I overlooked.

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  5. The garden looks wonderful, especially the wisteria and your immaculate lawn. I am not surprised you had lots of visitors and appreciative comments 🙂

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  6. Well done! Sounds like it was a wonderful weekend, much deserved after all your hard work. Hope your get together was equally as fun x

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  7. Well done, I’ m so glad that your Open Day wasn’ t a wash out. The weather was disappointing but this clearly didn’ t deter all your garden admirers.
    Wow, your Wisteria is amazing.

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  8. What a wonderful weekend! Putting aside all the pleasure you gave all the visitors, it must have been so lovely for you to be surrounded by so many enthusiasts. I can imagine the garden even smelled beautiful with the Wisteria in flower. Amelia

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  10. Well done you! It sounds like a fantastic weekend ! Our NGS Open Day is this Sunday 21st June, so I am at the headless chicken stage, where I think every visitor (if we get any!!) will be lifting up foliage to check underneath for weeds !

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  11. I have just found your blog via Cathy, it sounds as if you had a successful open weekend despite the weather. It is always interesting talking to fellow gardeners during open days and garden visits.

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  12. diversifolius

    I am so glad everything went well! The Wisteria is stunning, like I am sure, all the other plants were 🙂
    A green thumb up to all the people that ventured even on a rainy day to visit the garden and buy plants – all done for such good cause!

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