From May to September, gardeners across Devon are welcoming members of the community to enjoy their beautiful green spaces in return for a donation to Hospiscare, raising funds that will allow us to continue providing specialist end-of-life care across the heart of Devon.
With over 40 gardens opening their gates this year and plenty of new additions, including beautiful estates, community gardens, charming cottage gardens, and even a honey farm – there is something for everyone, even the little ones will enjoy exploring!
Having raised over £40,000 in 2022, the annual fundraising event is a vital source of funds for our local hospice charity, but it would not be possible without the incredible support we receive from the Devon community and our event sponsor, Otter Garden Centres, who have kindly been sponsoring Hospiscare Open Gardens for five years.
Jacqui Taylor, Managing Director at Otter Garden Centres says, “We are delighted to be supporting Hospiscare once again this year and proud to support the outstanding work of their nurses in our East Devon community as well as across Exeter and Mid Devon.”
Jacqui continues, “We are more passionate than ever about protecting the environment, working sustainably and providing a safe haven for wildlife. Hospiscare’s Open Gardens provide a great opportunity for nature and wildlife to visit a variety of wonderful gardens in the area to survive and thrive locally. We look forward to seeing all the beautiful Open Gardens in 2023!”
Recently, over 20 of our lovely open gardeners came together at Otter Garden Centre in Ottery St Mary to celebrate the start of the Open Garden programme, as well as sharing ideas and tips for the year ahead.
Laura Robertson, Fundraising Projects Manager at Hospiscare, explains, “This is the 15th year of the Open Garden programme, which to date has raised over £350,000 for our local charity thanks to the kindness of our incredible community. We are so thankful for the continued support we receive from our community and event sponsors.”
Sue Glanville has been collaborating with her neighbours to open their gardens in Exeter for Hospiscare for over ten years. Sue says, “It’s a great way to bring people together and meet those in your area. It fosters a sense of community, especially as we’re all working together to support the same worthy cause.”
We can’t wait to explore this year’s blooming beautiful Open Gardens!
Find a garden near you and support your local hospice.
If you would like to open your garden this year, there’s still time to join the programme – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01392 688020 to find out more.