Garden giving

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Easter now feels like a lifetime ago, even though it was only the other week. I do love when we get to Easter, as it means that spring is truly here and summer is just around the corner. I spent part of the weekend at work, but actually it really didn’t feel like work as I was ‘in the garden’ with Richard Jackson.

These are some of my favourite shows to work on. The plants are always so lovely and guests are really great too.

Ken Evans from Plants2Gardens was with us and he always brings something a little unusual, and let’s face it, that’s what every gardener wants, something to make fellow gardeners jealous! Come on, you know it’s true.

George Clowes from De Jager was also with us and while he was in he took the opportunity to present Richard with a cheque for the Greenfingers charity for money raised from sales of garden plants and products on QVC as many of our garden vendors do.

You see, for the past four years QVC has taken part in the annual industry wide Garden Re-leaf event, to celebrate the start of the garden season and raise money for Greenfingers.
On QVC, the vendors donate £1.50 for every item sold to Greenfingers. With the shows this year, we’ve raised over £100,000 for the charity! We tend to feature plants on these shows, and all our key suppliers including George, and Plants2Gardens, Hayloft Plants, Mont Rose of Guernsey and Thompson & Morgan support it too.

Greenfingers is the charity of the gardening industry. It creates magical gardens for children’s hospices throughout the UK. Every garden is different, and every garden is very special. Some are sensory gardens, others for play and adventure, even gardens for memory and reflection. Often, the gardens provide the only opportunity for life limited children to enjoy being outside with their family and friends.

It is such a worthy cause and such a privilege to be able to support. So,thank you, to all of our vendors but also thank you,to all of you who have bought plants and products from QVC and enabled Greenfingers to continue to do the outstanding work they do. If you would like to know more information about the charity you can check out the details on greenfingerscharity.org.uk.

At work that weekend I also had some technology shows, where we had a Samsung television Today’s Special Value offer, and for the very first time you could choose which size you wanted to go for, either a 49″ or a 55″. I’m hoping we do that more often, as it was a great deal!

Paul Langdon was also in with something I genuinely loved because not only was it practical but it was really cool too! It was a set of four pull-cord lights that you could use anywhere that you need to have instant light!

I thought they were a brilliant idea (as you can see from the pic) but I also couldn’t help,thinking they looked really cool too. Well apparently you agreed with me because they sold out! Hopefully we will be getting them in again soon!

Easter Sunday saw me having lunch with our resident technology expert Lee Hohbein at his home. Catherine Huntley was also there, along with some of Lee’s other friends and it was such a great day. I will say that Mr. Hohbein is a superb host!

He made the most incredible lunch and every course was handmade from scratch too. It was all very impressive, not to mention tasty. You see, when we say on air that we are all friends and feel like a family we actually are… Sometimes! Lol.

Check out my blog next week when I will be giving you a sneaky preview of our Summer Garden event and a great gardening offer on Sunday 7th May that I have being dying to get my hands on so that I can enjoy some privacy on my balcony and screen out some of the more unsightly views. Any idea what it might be? I shall reveal all next week!

Until next time,

Miceal. Xxx

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