Successful open gardens

The Kingston Hospital Auxiliary held a very successful open garden day on November 5 with 106 people attending. The day raised $2295.

The auxiliary has been successfully holding the open garden day since the late Glenn McLaren and the late Kaye Ingerson organised the first one in November 2004. This was organised by the Kingston Tidy Towns Committee with the proceeds going to the hospital auxiliary. Entry was $5.

In 2005 the hospital auxiliary organised the day and has been successfully held each year since then. Each year it is a struggle to find at least 3 or 4 gardens to visit so if you know of someone who would be prepared to open their garden or you would open your own garden, please ring 8767 2531.

This year the auxiliary was fortunate to be able to visit the gardens of David Pink and Sue Chester (a large array of spring flowers and succulents), Urai Jacobs (a newly established cottage garden and a new orchard of fruit trees), Anthony and Courtney Clarke (a rustic garden with the emphasis on succulents, vegetables and bird aviaries), and Shane and Julie Robertson (a beautiful split level garden not unlike one from a magazine).

A huge thank you is extended to these very generous people.

The day finished at the garden of Paul Wotton and Julie Trill on Hutchings Court. Their garden is a combination of natives, cottage and formal set over a hectare. Raised garden beds allow for a successful vegetable garden as the large garden is dark sand over limestone. They also have to contend with below average water.

A very successful raffle was held with first prize of a hammock, donated by Yvette Hopkins, won by Julie Trill. Other winners were Annie Barnett, Kathy Wright, Deborah Ogilvie and Mary Weir.

A huge thank you is extended to all those who attended the day, those who donated raffle prizes and plants for the plant stall and to those who helped on the day.

Thank you to Julie Robertson who organised a stall of goodies for sale at her garden and was able to raise $205.50 for the auxiliary. Thank you to Barb Morley for her expert job as the official photographer for the day.

Currently the auxiliary is replacing very tired and old curtains in Elanora Wing, the high care section of the hospital and new chairs for the acute wing.

The auxiliary AGM will be held at The Old Wool Store 11am on November 30. New members welcome.