Flaunt your flowers for your local hospice

Green-fingered supporters are needed to open their gardens to the public from May to September, in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice.

One supporter who regularly opens her beautiful garden for the local charity is Diane Elmes, with the help of her husband and friends.

Mrs Elmes said: “I love opening my garden, and new people come each time. Most people who visit like gardening but some people come with their family and they say how lovely the garden is and that it’s given them ideas for theirs!

“Unfortunately last year it rained on the day but people still came and wanted to contribute. I add elements each year so people can come and see what’s new. I really enjoy opening the garden and it’s great that it makes money for charity.”

Mrs Elmes’ stunning garden in Felixstowe features a range of lovely displays including a pond, a little stream, a gnome area and a secret garden, and is opening for the hospice for the third time on Sunday 31 July 2016.

Megan Johnson, fundraiser for St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “Local supporters like Diane Elmes who open their gardens for one morning or afternoon help the hospice to continue to improve life for more than 2,000 local people living with a progressive illness every year.

“This year we are looking for a wide variety of displays, whether your garden is traditional or contemporary, tranquil or tropical, cosy or large. You could even get the entire village involved!”

If you would like to open your garden this summer, or for more information on open gardens or pop-up plant stalls, please call 01473 723600 or email fundraising@stelizabethhospice.org.uk

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