Blooming with pride…… this was the headline in the Northern Echo this week reporting on the first ever open garden event at Middleton Hall as part of the charitable National Garden Scheme. And not even the good ole’ British summer weather with its howling winds and squally showers could dampen spirits.
Over 120 visitors braved the weather to enjoy the extensive gardens and woodlands. Residents, NGS volunteers and co-owners were all on hand to guide visitors. Many commented on the scale of the gardens, enjoying the diversity of the planting. Some favourites were the community allotments, the butterfly beds, the Mediterranean garden and the Woodland Walks.
The Plant stall was popular with people commenting on the range of produce available: eggs from our hens, vegetables from the allotments and greenhouses plus an array of flowering herbaceous plants.
And of course the scrummy teas served in the Pavilion by Pam and our lovely volunteers, Sonia, Sharon, Sarah, Ruby and Molly. The pavilion looked striking, decked out with vintage bunting sewn by residents and the walls were hung with pictures, appropriately with a floral theme taken by our treasured photography group.
Returning from informative tours led by Thom, Head Gardener, visitors enjoyed their refreshments listening to the tunes of the Northumbrian pipers.
Nearly £900 was raised for the NGS charities on the day. Thank you to everyone.
Many visitors commented they hoped the gardens would open again next year. We hope so to.