|Relaxing in the sunshine....|
|Visitors admiring the bonsai exhibits|
|....& slaving in the kitchen!|
After the world's busiest week, I can reveal that our 'Gardens of Wichenford' weekend event was a resounding success. It was always going to be different without dear old Alan Green but, thanks to Sandra stepping into his organising shoes and the tremendous help from open garden stalwarts AND of course the weather, we all pulled it off!
In a couple of afternoons, Pear Tree Cottage had 473 visitors, many of whom were 'shuttled' up the hill from the orchard car park by Dave and Malcolm. The bonsai exhibition had everyone enthralled with their precision in miniature. We couldn't have participated without our own helpers who made cakes, served teas and washed up for 2 whole days! So a BIG thanks to Pauline, Lyn, Pat and Di for both bringing cakes AND slaving away here. A special thank you to Ann Newton for making so many fabulous cakes - every crumb of which was sold. We made a total of £689.90 90% of which was made on teas - the rest being gate money & raffle tickets. (Most people bought their entrance wristbands & tickets in other gardens.) We had a total of 473 visitors - again, most of whom arrived in the afternoon for tea!
We also send our thanks to the members of South Worcestershire Bonsai Society who spent time and effort staging a really popular and professional exhibition. Without exception, our visitors loved their magical little trees. Incidentally, they would welcome anyone interested in becoming a member of their (very friendly!) society
A special mention to Di and Dave Evans who, having already booked their holiday cottage gave up an entire weekend of their holiday to help serve teas and wash up when they should have been walking along an empty beach hand in hand with the waves gently lapping their toes! Weren't they stars!
We await news of the grand total and will keep you informed.