Open gardens a hit

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 June 2011

(click on image for larger view) Pete Payton in his garden, Open Gardens Weekend Pre-Picture. Stoke Cottage, 35 Clevedon Road. North Weston, Portishead.

(click on image for larger view) Pete Payton in his garden, Open Gardens Weekend Pre-Picture. Stoke Cottage, 35 Clevedon Road. North Weston, Portishead.

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RAIN caused Portishead Open Gardens weekend to be cut short but organisers say the event was a huge success.

After months of planting, pruning, weeding and watering, green-fingered enthusiasts invited members of the public to view the fruits of their labours.

On Saturday, the 15 participating gardens reported one of their busiest days ever, with a steady stream of visitors all day.

This was the ninth year for the event, which is the main fund-raising activity for Portishead in Bloom.

In addition to showing off flowers, plants, shrubs and vegetables, each garden offered something different ranging from plant and charity book sales to raffles, exhibitions and refreshments.

Portishead in Bloom chairman Sandy Tebbutt said: “It was disappointing that the rain cut short our weekend event but we were overwhelmed by the amount of families that attended on Saturday.”

First Portishead Scouts Group joined in the event with its first ever plant sale. The sale, along with a barbecue and cake stall raised more than £1,000.


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