BBC On eShow gardener to open new St Clare Hospice garden

News / Sun 12th Mar 2017 at 05:52pm


The ever-popular gardening event was founded in 1994 by a group of hospice supporters in Harlow, led by Anne Gould. Held every year in June, the event offers the perfect opportunity for lovers of all things flora and fauna to explore some of the best-kept green spaces in the St Clare catchment area. The 2017 Open Gardens weekend is being held on 24 and 25 June and more than 20 gardens across Uttlesford and Harlow will be opening to the public in aid of St Clare.

New for 2017, the hospice will be opening the gates of their own garden and welcoming members of the public. Christine Walkden will be officially launching the Open Gardens weekend on Saturday 24 June at the hospice in Hastingwood.

Christine Walkden, who is best known as the resident gardening expert on the BBC’s The One Show said: “One of the things our patients and visitors tell us again and again when they come to St Clare is how much they appreciate having access to the Hospice’s beautifully maintained grounds. The St Clare gardens are an oasis of calm and offer a secluded haven for our patients and their families to spend quality time together and make memories they will always treasure.”

Christine continued: “I am delighted to be officially launching St Clare’s Open Gardens weekend and it is a pleasure to be able to welcome members of the public into the hospice’s own garden this year. It is wonderful to share this hidden-gem with the community around St Clare – rather than keeping it concealed behind the hedges. We are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful corners of Essex and as a passionate horticulturalist I can’t think of a better way to help raise vital funds for our local hospice than by visiting the magnificent gardens of the St Clare catchment area.”

The 2017 Open Gardens weekend is being held on 24 and 25 June at venues around Uttlesford and Harlow. Christine Walkden will be attending the opening of the hospice garden from 10.00-11.00am on Saturday 24 June at St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood, Essex, CM17 9JX.

Entry to all the participating gardens is by brochure only. They cost £5 each and contain all the details and locations of the gardens that will be open over the weekend.

Brochures will be on sale from the end of March from St Clare Community Fundraiser Dani De’ath on 01279 773738 or [email protected]

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