The Kingston Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held its annual Open Garden Day with perfect conditions, drawing a record crowd of 143 people on Sunday October 21.
The first Open Garden Day was held on November 7 2004 and was organised by the late Kaye Ingerson and Glenn McLaren as members of the Kingston Tidy Town’s Committee, holding it as a fundraiser for the Auxiliary, with the Auxiliary holding the annual event ever since.
The first garden on display was that of Margie Wilks and Trevor Starling, with a gorgeous display of colour and was an absolute treat for the crowd to enjoy on the day.
Brianna and Jason Sharam opened their garden and can be very proud as a young couple of what they have achieved in a short time.
The garden is in the early stages and will be great to revisit in a few years to see how it has grown.
Kathy and Ron Wright’s garden needs no explanation, with the two having their large block looking so immaculate with both trees and flowers and it is a credit to them both.
Sophia and Tony at the Sandy Grove Boarding Kennels also have a vast garden that has a wide range of plants to enjoy. The canines that go there for holidays must think they are in paradise.
The afternoon finished at the garden of Sam and Matthew Murdock. Matthew has planted numerous trees and garden beds while Sam tends to the fern house.
It was an ideal spot to enjoy the Devonshire afternoon tea and huge plant stall, with the hospital extending a very big thank you to those that donated plants for the stall including the Kingston Golf Club.
A raffle was conducted on the day with the following winners: Pat Gericke, Rosie Wright, Kirsty Reeves and Helen Bald.
A lucky ticket was won by Mrs Von Thomman and a big thank you was sent out by the hospital to Popes Hardware for donating the plastic tubs as well as to others who donated prizes, being very much appreciated by the organisers.
The Hospital Auxiliary is extremely grateful to those that opened their gardens for all to enjoy.
Without their generosity the very successful day would not be possible. The organisers of the Open Garden Day would also like to extend thanks to all those who attended making it a great fundraising success for the Auxiliary.
Also a big thank you from the organisers was extended to Barb Morley for providing her services as the photographer for the day.
The Open Garden Day has raised $2,387 for the Auxiliary, with the hospital reassuring the community that it will be spent wisely at the hospital or Lighthouse Lodge.
The Hospital Auxiliary’s Christmas cards are now available at the Kingston Council office, Kingston Caravan Park, Senior Citizen’s Club and Second Chance in Robe.
People are reminded that the Kingston Hospital Auxilary AGM will be held on Thursday November 29 at Cafe Kids at 10:30. New members are warmly welcomed to come along.