Open garden season returns in May – explore ‘breathtaking’ private gardens

St Michael’s Hospice Open Garden season returns on Tuesday May 18th, kicking off with a visit to Benenden.

This year’s open gardens span all of Hastings and Rother, with ’60 spectacular gardens’ opening over 16 days, according to the Hospice. Three gardens open their gates in May, including: Benenden on May 18th, Peasmarsh on Tuesday May 25th and Sedlescombe on Saturday May 29th, and continuing through until August.

Each week the Hospice says it will: “…serve a delicious selection of cakes and drinks and the ever-popular plant stall will be available with thanks to Great Park Farm. Open Garden gift vouchers are also available from the Hospice and make the perfect gift for all celebrations.”

Open Gardens gives the public the opportunity to explore breath taking private gardens for inspiration, learn new skills and enhance your wellbeing while raising vital funds for the Hospice.

Laura Sully, Senior Community and Events Fundraiser at St Michael’s Hospice says: “We would like to thank all our wonderful garden owners who so generously open their gardens, our fantastic volunteers who give their time at each event, the businesses of Hastings and Rother who proudly display our booklets and all the visitors who come to the gardens and ensure funds are raised for the Hospice. We would also like to thank this year’s Open Garden sponsor Crest House Care Home, we are so grateful for all your wonderful support.

“All Open Gardens are subject to Government guidelines and road maps set out by the government, therefore, the Hospice reserve the right to adapt and review any of the guidelines at any time.”

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