Wow … Who’d have thought that after all the rain we have had and did have at the weekend, that we would end up breaking our record in visitor numbers and the amount raised. Thanks to everyone who braved the elements to visit the 13 different gardens on our trail. The total raised in ticket sales was an amazing £2,233, meaning 638 people came on the trail and that’s not including children. The final total including money from teas and plants etc was £5,352. I think every one involved deserves a pat on the back.
Our weekend started rather damp and slowly, as we are half way round the trail, but then, people kept on coming, plants were selling well and I was happy chatting to lots of very happy friendly people. Sunday arrived with a deluge of rain but there were even more visitors than Saturday. All plants were flying off the table as they were now only £1 a pot. I really didn’t want to over winter too many. Our weekend finished with tea and cakes in the garden with lots of family and friends.
As per usual I am always too busy to remember to take pictures, but one of our visitors who I’d never met before sent me some and has given me permission to use them.
Here are Tonya Machin’s pictures …
I think you will agree she has captured the garden well. Thank you Tonya.
This morning we received a card in the post from a couple of women who came on Sunday. It was their first every visit to an open garden. I just have to share what they put in the card.
This alone has made all the work we put into opening this year worth while, and as there were no contact details on it I will never be able to thank them.
So if ever you get to open your garden don’t hesitate, you get to meet and make friends with some brilliant people, share plants and stories and hopefully inspire others to take up this wonderful hobby called gardening….. Sue.