Katie’s Garden Plant Centre sponsor profile

St Elizabeth Hospice is delighted to welcome Katie's Garden Plant Centre as headline sponsor for the 2020 Great Garden Trail.

The family-run nursery has been working in partnership with the hospice over several years, building up to this new role as headline sponsors.

If you have been to one of the hospice’s shops you may well have seen and enjoyed
colourful displays of Katie’s Garden plants outside. Sales of these plants, grown at the two-acre nursery in Newbourne, generate vital income for the charity year-round.

This year’s support for the Great Garden Trail will include running stalls, donating
fundraising plants, and giving out exclusive discount tokens for use at Katie’s Garden.

Susie Davis, who along with husband Rick founded Katie's Garden in 1997, explains
how working with the hospice over the years has led to taking this year's lead sponsorship.

'We've really enjoyed supporting the Great Garden Trail, by providing pop-up plant
stalls which have raised several thousand pounds for the hospice.

“This year we're pleased and proud to be making an even bigger contribution as lead
sponsor. We are donating a seasonal selection of our Suffolk-grown plants to each
open garden, with all proceeds from these plants going to the hospice. We'll also be providing displays and fundraising stalls in many locations.

She added: “I have huge admiration for those who generously open their garden as
part of the Great Garden Trail. I know only too well how much hard work goes into all
the preparation not only of the beds and borders, but also the all-important tea and cake!

"Equally I see how much the visitors, whether avid- or armchair- gardeners, enjoy the opportunity, finding new inspiration and ideas.

“The variety of gardens and masterclasses in this year's trail is very exciting - there really is something for everyone!”

Susie explained that key to her team’s decision to become headline sponsors was
how much they enjoy working with the hugely dedicated and professional Hospice
Community team.

She said: “We also very much value the volunteers who often work alongside us on
the day - from transporting the plants to running the stand and sharing their own plant knowledge with Garden Trail visitors. We couldn't do it without them.

“Everyone has different reasons for being involved but the shared goal of fundraising is a great team-builder and reward - even on a rainy day!

“Whilst our business is to grow and sell plants, our ultimate objective is to help create
gardens for people to enjoy, in which they can relax with friends or family, nurture the environment, or simply read a good book!

“The Great Garden Trail really embodies that spirit. Each garden opening is such a
social event, generating a real sense of community and wellbeing as well as raising all-important hospice funds.”

There is only so much you can fit on a stall though, and the Katie’s Garden team
hope visitors to the trail will be tempted into a trip to Newbourne to see their full
range of garden plants, including perennials, shrubs, roses, grasses, lavenders, alpines, herbs and hanging baskets.

Every visitor to this year's Great Garden Trail should receive an exclusive token
offering them a special discount to use at Katie’s Garden with an extra fundraising opportunity for the hospice too.

A regular discount is available to members of the Hospice Lottery as one of the benefits of their support.

The nursery, which supplies numerous shops across Suffolk, is open to the public
throughout the year and can be found by following brown signs from the A12 Foxhall roundabout.

Susie said: “I firmly believe in the power of business and charities working together
to the benefit of both. And together with my team at Katie’s Garden, I really enjoy
‘talking plants’ and sharing the wellbeing that gardening can bring to everyone, regardless of their experience or level of expertise.

“We're looking forward to meeting everyone this year somewhere along the Great
Garden Trail"

Find and support our headline sponsor over on their website and facebook page:

www.katiesgarden.co.uk and www.facebook.com/katiesgardenplantcentre

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