Spring into Gardening success

Posted on the 7th April 2017

WellChild’s first ever Spring into Gardening evening was a huge success at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester on April 6th.

The event acted as an awareness raiser for WellChild’s work with seriously ill children and their families with several videos shown during the evening including one on the WellChild Helping Hands programme and the importance of a safe and accessible garden. There was also fundraising on the night.

Supported by St James’s Place, the sold out event was hosted by Camilla Bassett-Smith. Award winning gardener Olivia Kirk, who created the WellChild garden for the Chelsea Flower Show in 2014, gave a talk on what goes in to creating an award winning RHS Chelsea garden. Then garden designers Kate Durr and Caroline Tatham, of Tatham and Durr, explained ‘what not to plant’ followed by informative talk on creating the perfect garden. Finally there was a fun demo to test what the audience had learnt with Casualty actor, Jason Durr as one of the willing volunteers.

Plants to dress the stage and for demonstrations were donated by Wyevale Nurseries and were sold at the end of the night with a percentage of sales coming to WellChild.  There was a fundraising auction with Christopher Rathcreedan featuring some fantastic lots including tickets to Chelsea Flower Show.

You can see a full selection of pictures from the event here.


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