e a m harris

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Gardens and generosity

Today’s reading has been my local yellow book. For those not familiar with this wonderful publication it’s a list of gardens open to the public for the National Gardens Scheme.

The scheme raises thousands for charity thanks to the generosity of garden owners willing to let a lot of strangers tramp round their property, and of the volunteers who man (oops! person) the gates and organise the teas and plant sales.

Visiting a garden is one of the best ways of passing a few hours that I know. So is planning the visits.

I get the booklet for my local area, sit down with tea and a bun and drool over the descriptions of gardens, while noting the ones I might visit. At this time of year the plan is sketchy; I won’t visit nearly as many as I’d like to. But anticipation is part of the fun.


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