Gardening for Ukraine

At the plant stall with Matty (far right)

Matty and Richard Holmes welcomed visitors last Saturday to their lovely garden overlooking the Brede Valley. It was a perfect summer’s day and the garden was looking at its best, thanks to a lot of preparatory hard work by the hosts. The event was held in aid of the Ukrainian Relief Fund.

A perfect setting for tea in the garden

In addition to the well-known favourites, there were unusual plants and shrubs that Matty had collected and nurtured over the years. Her skill as a plantswoman was further demonstrated by the abundantly loaded plant stall. This proved as great an attraction as the tea and cakes also on offer.

Richard said afterwards: “It was such a pleasure for Matty and me to be able to share our garden with so many very appreciative visitors, on such a beautifully sunny afternoon (weren’t we lucky!).  With some donations still coming in, the total sum raised for DEC Ukraine so far is exactly £900.  Very gratifying!”

Image Credits: Kenneth Bird .


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