Open Gardens 2018 St. Margaret’s Hospice is hoping that hundreds of their green-fingered supporters will open their gates this Summer to the general public and showcase their stunning Somerset gardens and allotments to raise money for the hospice. Whether it's for one day or for the summer season, the money raised by opening your garden or allotment will go straight to helping St. Margaret's make each day count for patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Somerset. This is a fantastic way to support your local Hospice and a great way to showcase your gardening prowess to your local community. From small courtyards to country estates, no garden is too big or small and every garden will have something for people to enjoy. If you would like to open your garden for St. Margaret's Hospice this summer, please click here to register your interest or call us on 0845 345 9671 and a member of the team will get back to you shortly. 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.