The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


1 June 2015

NGS Open Garden Weekend

Some of the team!
Our youngest visitor: Felix with his Daddy:Alan 
Despite unseasonably glacial temperatures and gusty showers, Open Gardens weekend was a great success.  We had the most brilliant team serving teas and washing up for over 100 visitors.

 A BIG thank you to all helpers including those who drove shuttle buses from and to the world's most scenic orchard car park, those who helped with signs and Rob Holloway who provided that scenic car park! Absolutely everyone deserves a mention so here we go: Lyn, Maureen, Di, Dave, Paul, Eve, Alan, Sheila, Pauline, Kathryn, Jenni & both Chris's!  Another thank you to all the ladies who made so many delicious cakes.  Many visitors left kind comments in the visitors book - many of which referred to the cakes!  Those which weren't sold have all been carefully frozen for Wichenford Open gardens on 20 & 21 June 2015.
Even 4 legged visitors!

The sun did break through on a few welcome occasions but we wished it could have been warmer. Chris was entrusted with my camera so most of the photos are thanks to him. See: NGS Open gardens 2015 . Dave made many journeys up and down the bank to and from the car park and, after a few difficulties alighting from the rear seat of Mellings - a 2 door mini, we decided to upgrade the shuttle bus so Rex was pressed into use.  We met many genuinely lovely people and we thank them for visiting in less than ideal weather conditions.  We hope to see them all again in 3 weeks' time! Oooh - I nearly forgot to say: we raised the grand total of £740.00! How brilliant is that??

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