Chance To See Some Of Scilly’s Hidden Gardens

flowery wallIslanders and visitors will be able to see how amateur gardeners have made the most of Scilly’s climate during a special event next Tuesday.

Five gardens will be open for inspection on St Mary’s.

Sadly not all of last year’s participants feel their work is looking its best this summer after the winter storms wreaked havoc with plants.

But Open Gardens organiser Jane Chiverton is confident that hundreds will be raised from the Inner Wheel’s charity fundraiser. They’re supporting the Precious Lives Appeal for the Children’s Hospice South West.

Jane says many islanders want to view the different gardens out of curiosity and she was amazed that they sold 300 tickets last year. A large portion of those went to locals, she says.

Jane says the event works because people can tour gardens they can’t normally access or even see.

A good example of that is ‘Benhams’ on the Garrison, says Jane, which is “a real treat” but totally hidden from passers by.

Jane says she hopes the scheme will be extended to include vegetable gardens, such as allotments, and the work of younger gardeners next year.

Cream teas, cakes and coffees will be served in the Church Pavilion during the day between 11am and 5pm.