Whitgift School’s National Gardens Scheme Open Garden charity event is a roaring success.
Due to its popularity last year, Whitgift School once again opened up its grounds to the public in May, to take part in the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) open gardens event. Visitors were able to enjoy Whitgift’s range of immaculate gardens and wildlife areas, home to wallabies and exotic birds. Children particularly enjoyed the maze, and young and old alike were intrigued by the peacocks, flamingos and wallabies. Months of hard work by the Garden Team were apparent in the vibrant borders and emerald green lawns.
Over 300 people – ranging from gardening enthusiasts, animal-lovers, senior citizens, and families – attended and helped raise £1,300, from tickets and plant sales, for the NGS charities.
Head Gardener, Sophie Tatzkow, commented, “We had a fantastic day once again. There were many very happy garden visitors on the day. I would like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to my team, and the grounds and maintenance staff that supported us in the lead up to the event.”
Penny Snell, NGS London County Organiser, said, "The NGS is honoured that Whitgift School open their unique garden to the public to raise significant sums for the charities we support."
Open Gardens visitors also took the opportunity to explore Whitgift’s Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front exhibition, helping to break the record number of ticket sales in a day since the Exhibition’s launch, in March. The Exhibition’s Edwardian Café cream teas were particularly popular!
For those that missed Whitgift’s NGS Open Garden day, or would like to visit again, the School is taking part in the Open Garden Squares Weekend during Croydon Heritage Festival, on Sunday 19 June (11am – 4pm, £4 adults, children under 12 free). Open Garden visitors receive reduced price entry to Remembering 1916.