Open Gardens 2018 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 supporters have been opening their gardens to raise funds for us. This year we have more than 30 amazing gardens to visit, including a village walkabout, allotment, arboretum, woodland walk and many stunning gardens with beautiful views. There is something to interest everyone, including a specialist artist and photographers' day in Glastonbury. In addition, many gardens will be offering delicious cakes, scones and teas, or added extras such as children’s trails and book sales. We hope you enjoy the summer of 2018, getting out and about and enjoying these wonderful gardens. Thank you to all our garden owners and volunteers. We are so grateful to you for dedicating your time, and of course your gardens, for St. Margaret’s. Together we can make each day count for patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Somerset. When is this garden open? Garden Address Open all Year Broadleigh Gardens Barr, Bishops Hull, Taunton, Somerset TA4 1AE Open by appointment Postbox Cottage, West Bagborough, Taunton, Somerset TA4 3EF Open by appointment Willett Farm, Willett, Lydeard St. Lawrence, Taunton, Somerset TA4 3QB Open by appointment Lift the Latch, Forton, Nr Chard, Somerset TA20 2NF Fri 10 August Milford Dip Allotments, Milford Road, Yeovil BA21 4QE Sat 22 September Midney Farm, Nr Somerton, Somerset TA11 7HT Click here to view our Open Gardens 2018 Brochure Frequently Asked Questions: What support will I receive? You will be sent a pack with lots of information in it on how to manage a garden opening, and of course our team are here to offer help and advice. How often do I need to open? This is entirely up to you, some gardens open for one day, other for a weekend, or a few time over the summer, some are open all year round, and some by appointment only – the decision is entirely yours. Is my garden big enough? Small is beautiful – you may have seen Monty Don’s ‘Big Dreams Small Spaces ‘series … We welcome gardens of all shapes and sizes, from Allotments to small holdings and everything in between. Am I insured? All we ask is that you call your house insurers and inform them that you are holding this event for the hospice. We also recommend you keep your house locked during the opening periods, as household insurance will only cover theft by forcible & violent entry or exit to the property, so if somebody just walks in there will be no cover for theft. Do I need to offer refreshments, parking and toilets? No – many gardens can only offer on street – parking, the majority are after all just people’s own homes. The decision is entirely yours as to what you offer in terms of refreshments and facilities.