More than a dozen stunning gardens are opening to visitors this summer in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice Care.
The charity has just launched its 2021 Glorious Somerset Gardens season, which kicks off with gardens on Monday, May 17, and runs until the end of July, when the hospice’s garden in Yeovil will be opening. Their green-fingered supporters have taken lockdown in their stride and have spent months getting their gardens ready and Covid safe for the summer.
Moorland Cottage, South Petherton
St Margaret’s 2019 Glorious Somerset Garden’s campaign raised over £23,000 for the hospice and they hope to raise more funds this year so they can continue to care for patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness in Somerset.
Kara Frampton, co-coordinator of Glorious Somerset Gardens, said: “Here at St Margaret’s Hospice we know how important our gardens are to the health and wellbeing of our patients and their families, providing places of relaxation as well as reflection.
“For years, our loyal gardeners have been opening their gardens to raise funds for us and this year is no different. Our supporters have also stood by us in the face of Covid-19 so this year we wanted to give something back by offering more than a dozen amazing gardens for the community to visit, including walled gardens, steep woodlands and beautiful views. There’s something to interest everyone.
“All of the gardens will be Covid secure and will be open between May to July. Every donation made will help us continue to provide compassionate care to patients and their families, when it matters most.”
Stirling Cottgage, Nether Compton
Among those supporting St Margaret’s Hospice by welcoming visitors are garden owners across Somerset including Taunton, Yeovil South Petherton, Nether Compton and Porlock Weir.
Full details of locations, opening dates and admission prices can be found in the Glorious Somerset Gardens 2021 brochure, available from St Margaret’s Hospice shops, selected local garden centres and tourist information centres.
Kara added: “We are so grateful to all our garden owners and volunteers for their hard work to get their gardens ready this year. Also, to our dedicated sponsors of the brochure who have made it possible for the event to go ahead. We hope people will enjoy discovering these wonderful gardens while helping to make each day count for patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Somerset.”
To find out more about our Glorious Somerset Gardens click here.