If you’re proud of your Petunias, raving about your Roses or happy with your hedges, how about sharing your gardens in support of Cornwall Hospice Care?    The Cornish charity is planning its 2015 Open Gardens project and wants to hear from green fingered amateurs who would like to share their private havens to help raise much needed funds.

It’s the fourth year running that Cornwall Hospice Care has invited people to open their gardens to help raise funds for the charity that provides special care for people with life limiting illnesses, and their families. Held through spring, summer and autumn, the scheme offers people the chance to visit a range of very different gardens throughout Cornwall.   This year the project is being supported by BBC Radio Cornwall gardener, George Kestell who says;


“As a professional gardener I’m always looking for ideas, or different planting combinations.  Over the years I’ve found the best way is to have a good look at what other people are doing.  I very much want to help promote the work of Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and wonder if you will be able to join me either by opening your garden or by coming along to one or two of the gardens this year.”

Sarah Newton organises the Open Gardens scheme for Cornwall Hospice Care and says the more gardens that open the merrier;

“We like to offer people a wide range of gardens to visit so there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes and that’s why we’d like to find some more people willing to share their gardens, no matter what size they are, on our behalf.  We offer support and help where needed and will promote the event through our Open Gardens brochure, which we are launching at the Boconnoc Spring Flower Show this year.  All you need to do is give me a call on 01736 755770 or email me at snewton@cornwallhospice.co.uk  In the last three years the Open Gardens scheme has helped us raise an amazing £23,000 so here’s to more gardening success in 2015!“

“We’re also hosting a Quiz The Gardener event at the Tregenna Castle Hotel in St Ives on Saturday 18 April when a panel of BBC Radio Cornwall gardening experts, including George, will be answering people’s individual enquiries.   Tickets will be £7.50, to include a Cornish cream tea if booked in advance.”