The Open Gardens event has been running for many years now and the one just gone was especially good. Ten gardens were entered and there was a competition running as well. The competition was to make a scarecrow and the entries were on show in Sue and Peter Johnson’s front garden on the day. As usual teas were served in the ‘yard’ at Jean and Geof Woollvin’s but due to very gloomy weather forecasts a large gazebo was put up. The way it works is that Jean vacates her kitchen and the committee ladies take over and use the window like a kiosk counter.
Without this event Geof would never clear the yard because this is normally stuffed with logs for his woodturning business. Beyond the yard new visitors get a surprise because for a ‘new’ house the yard is all you expect to get but Jean’s proper garden is at the other end of the house and is the source of all the stuff that has won the Flower Show (Overall top aggregate score) eight years in a row now. I keep referring to Jean and her garden because while Geof enjoys looking at it and lazing around in it he knows next to nothing about gardening and does even less.