Get ready for some extra special gardening shows this weekend. On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March we will be bringing you a spectacular range in support of the amazing charity, Greenfingers.
Greenfingers is a national charity dedicated to supporting the children and their families who use hospices around the UK, by creating inspiring gardens for them to relax in and enjoy. To date Greenfingers has created 49 inspiring gardens and outdoor spaces in hospices around the country, and has a waiting list of even more hospices that need their help.
They are driven by the belief that time spent outdoors, away from the bedside, can offer children and families under considerable stress a vital opportunity to embrace the benefits of being in the fresh air and engaging with the natural environment. The charity is committed to creating specially designed, stimulating garden spaces that can bring many benefits to children with life-limiting conditions. While many people may take for granted the simple pleasure of being able to enjoy a garden, these children, their siblings and their families, get chance to spend precious time together outdoors and away from the bedside.
We asked Greenfingers’ head of fundraising Linda Petrons to send us a bit more information about the charity, and about how she herself became incolved with Greenfingers. Over to you Linda…
I’ve been with Greenfingers for a year, in fact I’ve just celebrated my first year anniversary. I had first hand experience of the hospice system when my husband was cared for by a hospice when he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2000. He died in 2005, at which time me and our children who were aged 8 and 11 at the time received family support from the hospice, this care and support was invaluable and helped us all through a dreadful time. Since my late husband was diagnosed I have been fundraising because I know the difference hospices make. Joining Greenfingers in 2015 was the perfect opportunity to combine my passion for gardening (I have an allotment!) with my passion for fundraising to support children and families who use hospices.
Friday 18th March has been designated by the whole gardening industry as Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day, and we are thrilled that QVC suppliers will be supporting us with special gardening shows on March 19th and 20th.
We are enormously grateful to QVC who have been valued supporters of the day since its inception, and last year raised over £50,000 over the Garden Re-Leaf Day weekend. The funds raised through Garden Re-Leaf Day enable us to continue our work creating magical, inspiring and therapeutic gardens for children who spend time in hospices, along with their families, friends and carers.
Last year with your help, as well as planning for new gardens in Isle of Wight and Sheffield, a wonderful meadow garden with a bird hide and water feature was created at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield.
With the money raised this year, Greenfingers gardens in Oxfordshire and Sunderland could become a reality.
To see more of the work Greenfingers does take a look at their fantastic short video
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To help create more magical gardens for these children, text GREE16 to 70070 to donate £5
And for more information check out the Greenfingers website
Taking a quick look at some of the fantastic plants we’ll have airing over the weekend, a popular one from last year is back again. The Lavender Collection from Plants 2 Gardens brings wonderful aromas to an outdoor space.
Highlights from Sunday include 100 mixed freesia bulbs from Hayloft Plants and Zantedeschia bulbs from de Jager which produce giant flowers the size of a coffee cup. Head over to our Garden Department now if you can’t wait for the weekend.
Tune in for this and so much more in support of Greenfingers this weekend Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th between 9am – 11am.