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Susan Summers
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raising money for charity

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2,368.29 GBP raised for charity

By opening thier garden on The National Garden Scheme (NGS) , Susan and Patick Summers have raised a grand total of 2,368.29 GBP for charity between Thursday 25 and Wednesday 31 July 2013.

This money goes to the the beneficiary charities of the NGS.

fund rasing starts with the sound of harps

The fund rasing started on Thursday 25 July with an evening soiree of 'wine and nibbles' hosted by Susan and Patrick Summers. Music was from the Wessex Harpers (who volunteered thier time and played garden related tunes) delightful. for fellow garden designers and associated trades was held on Thursday evening 25 July and rasied 190 GBP. It was a warm sunny evening. The topical quiz winner was Judy Rumbold. Thank you to everyone who helped and attended! "I really enjoyed seeing everyone" Susan said.

garden officially opens to the public

Then on Saturday 27 July, the garden was officially opened by Councillor Ernie Jeffs the Mayor of Winchester, to a whoop of cheers and clapping. The sun shone, the plants looked good and the kettle boiled ready for 9 hours of 'open garden' over the next days.

Each day up to 11 volunteers helped prepare the garden and patio, taking entrance monies, making teas, selling plants, directing cars, taking photos and tidying away in prep for the next day. Many comments were left in the visitors book and it did not rain at all during the 2-5pm openings, amazing.

why open up thier garden

Back in 2010 when Susan set up her business as a garden designer, she decided that she wanted to be able to somehow raise money for charity. "It is really important to give back something however small your business is" she said. Since this time Susan, with the help of Patrick, her husband have been beevering away to get the garden into colour for visitors.

build up to opening

This all sounds quite easy, bit of weeding popping in a few more plants as you go. Well, Susan had no idea back then that the four weeks before opening would be 'rainless' and that the grass was going to burn and the plants race ahead. With careful watering and attention to detail, it eventaually came together. "yes, hot is has been and very hard to keep the little plants either watered or deadheaded, nothing like last year's weather!" Susan adds.

some stats

The garden was opened for a total of nine hours and received over 350 paying guests, who enjoyed a cuppa and piece of cake, bought a plant and asked questions about the tree at the end of the hedge which is a Robinia pseudoacacia 'Lace Lady' and were amazed at the amount of bees on the Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination' which was covered all day long.

thank you vols!

Both Susan and Patrick would like to thank all the volunteers (you know who you are) for your help on Thurs 25 afternoon/evening, Sat 27, Sun 28 and Wed 31 July afternoons, for all your help to make this event such a success. "We could not have done it without you, thank you so very much, you all worked very hard and should be proud to be part of raising such a super amount of money!"

.....and next year

"No question we will open again in 2014, probably in a different month to keep the look fresh" says Susan.