Published Monday 14th September 2015

Most of the horticultural fundraiser took place at Kate’s home, Grendon Court in Upton Bishop. The day combined a tour of Peter Clay’s Brockhampton Cottage gardens, an exquisite two course lunch followed by a tour of Kate’s own grounds, and then a talk by the award-winning designer of both gardens, Tom Stuart-Smith.

Tom has won eight gold medals at Chelsea and designed a garden at Windsor Castle to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. The Open Gardens day was a wonderful opportunity to examine two examples of his transformative powers and discuss his work.

Kate developed her garden with Tom and believed spending time in the sanctuary of the garden and experinceing the seasons continues to be very healing. ‘I had never thought about what happens in a hospice. During one of my many doctors appointments, I read about St Michael’s and their Open Gardens project. It inspired me to visit the new Inpatient Unit. After seeing firsthand what an amazing place it is, I asked Tom if he would like to get involved, and he agreed. I love gardening, and It was thrilling to see people enjoy the gardens and listen to Tom talk. I am going to make this an annual fundraiser for St Michael’s.’

Paddy Nugent, Community Fundraising Manager at St Michael’s Hospice, said, ‘This year’s Open Gardens events have been a great success. We would like to thank Kate, Peter and Tom for putting on a great event and all our other green-fingered supporters who have taken part and supported their Hospice.’

If you would like to open you garden for St Michael’s Hospice in 2016, please contact Paddy Newgent at St Michael’s Hospice on 01432 851000