Gardens help causes bloom

THE net income raised by people opening their gardens for the National Gardens Scheme in Lincolnshire for 2011 was £45,451.

Donations will be made to the following charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Cross Roads Care, The Queens Nursing Institute, The Royal Fund for Gardeners’ Children, Perennial and the National Trust.

Erica McGarrigle, Press Officer for the Lincolnshire National Gardens Scheme, said: “This is a fantastic result considering the summer weather wasn’t brilliant, our best ever. We owe a huge thank you to our garden owners.”

The first spring garden to open for the scheme will be on Saturday February 25 and Sunday February 26 at 21 Chapel Street, Hacconby, near Bourne. This garden has a wonderful collection of unusual snowdrops, together with hellebores and numerous other spring plants and bulbs.