Residents across Surrey and Hampshire will be opening their gardens this summer, in support of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.

 

From May to July you can browse some of the most impressive, well-tended and relaxing gardens in Surrey and Hampshire, with Phyllis Tuckwell’s Open Gardens event.

 

Residents across Phyllis Tuckwell’s catchment area of West Surrey & North East Hampshire will be opening their gardens to raise money to support the care which Phyllis Tuckwell offers patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer – and the Hospice will be joining in too!

 

Gardens of many different sizes and designs will be on display, and for a small fee visitors are invited to wander around them, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of each and maybe taking away a few ideas to try out on their own green spaces at home.

 

On 19th May, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice will be opening its own beautiful grounds to visitors. Lovingly tended by the charity’s wonderful volunteers, the Hospice garden mixes open green space with small, quiet areas. Visitors can sit and enjoy the array of shrubs and flowers on display, admire the various sculptures and reflect on the Memory Tree, which bears small metal leaves dedicated to loved ones who are no longer with us.

 

“We are delighted to be partnering with Squires Garden Centres for our 2019 Open Gardens,” said Charli Quay-Barnham, Community Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “All of the gardens involved in this event are listed in our Open Gardens brochure, copies of which will be available soon at www.pth.org.uk/open-gardens. They will also be available from all Phyllis Tuckwell shops.”

 

Every day, Phyllis Tuckwell supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers – in their own homes, in the community, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford – through medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support. However, as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to do this, and therefore relies heavily on fundraising events such as this.

 

Many of the Open Garden locations are partly wheelchair-friendly and some welcome well-behaved dogs on leads. You can buy refreshments at many of them, and some will also be selling plants. Visit www.pth.org.uk/open-gardens for more details.