The draw for Warren’s Big BA Raffle has taken place and the lucky winner of the two BA Club Europe tickets is Richard Mealing. Richard is a member of Northwood Golf Club and on being told the good news just wanted to know which charities had benefitted. When told that it would be Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer charities he was even more delighted.
Second prize was a mixed case of quality wines plus a £50.00 voucher from Waitrose of Ruislip. This was won by Eddie and Beverley Collins of Sear Green. Eddie & Beverley both gave their time to help at one of the gardens which opened on the weekend of 15th & 16th June.
Many thanks to BA and Waitrose of Ruislip for supplying such generous prizes and helping Midsummer Gardens 2013 raise in excess of £14,000 and a special thanks to all those who visited the gardens.
Some of the post event comments. Keep them coming.
‘Thank you so much for organising a superb weekend of peeking over garden fences – and into potting sheds, greenhouses and hidden corners!’ Ros Plume
“My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visits and only wish that we could have visited all of the gardens. Every one that we saw was an inspiration! Thank you.” Mr & Mrs Barker
“Thanks for allowing me to trample through your stunning garden.
Don’t be surprised if you see me sitting on your great bench at the top, that would be my spot – drinking a long cocktail of Disoranno, lime and Ice.” Ophelia Chambers-Henry
“Your garden is wonderful!” Dave Ball
“The weather could’ve been kinder but that’s life. It felt like one big garden party. Thank you.” Eddie & Beverley Collins
“A feast for the eyes and inspiration for the soul.” A visitor
“Amazing, you just don’t realise what is hidden from view.” Margaret Miller
“The plant stall was sold out and could probably have been so three times over plus most of the content of your lovely garden.” Rosemary Grant
“Just wanted to say that we so enjoyed last weekend’s garden tour. Thank you for all your hard work in making it happen.” Roy Clayton
“This is a real plantsman’s garden, 1st Class.” Marie Mueller
“Cream tea was lovely, so was your garden.” Phillip & Sharon
“Absolutely beautiful garden, thank you.” Linda Newman
” Yesterday we had such an enjoyable visit to your beautiful garden. Where ever we looked there was so much of interest. I loved all the artistic additions. Super cake!” Thank you card from a visitor
“I needed some inspiration for my own garden, and now I have it. What a happy day despite the weather!” S. Wickenden
“It’s a habit of mine to talk to the gardeners at such events and, as always, they were all so enthusiastic about swapping notes. I thoroughly enjoyed all the gardens we saw.” T. Skelton
“All the gardens we saw were magnificent and the owners and visitors were welcoming and friendly. Rosemary Lucey, Head of Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre
“Every cloud has a silver lining” and as any top photographer will tell you, gardens are a nightmare to photograph in bright sunshine – all those shadows and highlights just create confusion. They will generally look much better in soft light or after a gentle shower. All the more reason to remember your camera this weekend.
We would love to see your favourite pictures, whether they be of the gardens, the plants or the people. You can send them to email@example.com. Who knows? We may even put up a page on the website of the very best ones. Enjoy the weekend.
Please don’t let it end in tears, TODAY is really your last opportunity to buy a ticket/brochure and still have time to sit down with a cup of tea, study the map and plan a packed weekend of garden visits. Don’t miss out! The gardens are ready and the gates will open at 11.00 hrs tomorrow.
We have received more photos of how the gardens are looking right now. A bit more sun and a touch more warmth over the last week would have been welcome but this is England. Enjoy the gardens – we know you will.