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Afternoon of Music in the Garden

A fabulous afternoon was had by all on Sunday at my Music in the Garden event. Thank you to everyone who managed to come. We had over 185 visitors and we raised over £1,445 for the NSPCC.

I would like to say a special thanks to Pete Sinclair, who again hosted the afternoon and sang between acts (I especially liked his Neil Diamond!), the wonderful a cappella group Vocal Eclipse who welcomed people into the garden, the Bromley Philharmonic Choir who entertained us with songs from the 60s and 70s, the barbarshop group Bromley Male Voices, and the wonderfully entertaining Frank McConnell on his guitar.

I would also like to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to serve refreshments and man stalls.

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Sunday 7th July 2019

Music in the Garden

2pm – 5pm

Freda will be opening up for garden in aid of the NSPCC.

Enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment, a small art exhibition, various stalls and light refreshments available throughout the afternoon.

Entertainment will be provided by:

Bromley Philharmonic Choir
Sining songs from the 60s and 70s

Bromley Male Voices
Barbershop group

Frank McConnell
Acoustic Guitar

Vocal Eclipse
A cappella singers

and hosted by Pete Sinclair, who will also be doing some crooning during the afternoon.

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Sunday 1st Sept

Flower Arranging Demonstration
2 – 5pm

Enjoy an afternoon in the garden with music, refreshments and a flower arranging demonstration by Chelsea Flower Show gold medalist, Graham Harmer.

Musical entertainment will be from:

The Scratch Band
Orpington Folk Group

Freda & Ivan
Accordion duets

Vocal Eclipse
A Capella singers

and hosted by Pete Sinclair

Entry is £5
This event is in association with the Bromley & District Floral Society, who are raising funds for their society.

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Commended in Best Large Back Garden category - Bromley in Bloom

Awards for Best Large Back Garden 2018

It’s been a fun, but exhausting year maintaining the garden, especially with the exceptionally hot weather we experienced during the mid-Summer months, but this hasn’t stopped me from entering my garden into two competitions.

Firstly I was visited by representatives from Coolings Garden Centre who were judging this years ‘Bromley in Bloom 2018’ competition. They were especially impressed with my vegetable area.

I was very happy to be Commended in the Best Back Garden category, winning a certificate and shield.

I was also awarded with a Silver award in the Best Large Back Garden category in The London Garden Society (All London Championship) .

Both set of judging took place in mid-July during the height of the hot weather.

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Enlarged bed - Freda's Garden

Enlarging Flower Beds in the Orchard

It’s be a wonderful year of openings. I’ve had 26 in total, including two photoshoots and 3 large garden openings!

Now my openings for the year have come to an end, I am beginning to plan some changes for the garden.  To start with I am enlarging two of the beds in the Orchard and making them a lot bigger.

I extended these two beds to maker a bigger impact in the orchard as I felt they were too narrow. These plants I have put in these areas are: Arum Lily, Nandina Domestica (Magical Sunrise), Heuchera (Midnight Ruffle), Cordyline, Weigela (Summer Red), Virburnum (Dawn), Virburnum (Gold) and Abelia (Edward Goucher)

I have finished now but will have to keep them well watered over the next few months. I am rather pleased with the results.

My plan now is to have a very long pergola built at the end of the orchard and to cover it with 5 large climbing plants. I’m really excited about this!!

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Bromley U3A Theatre Group

Garden visit from the Bromley U3A Theatre Group

Today I had my very last group visit for 2018, and what a lovely day to end it with.  The weather was glorious and the visitors were fantastic.

There were 25 people in the group from the Bromley U3A theatre group and everyone had a lovely afternoon.  They said they would be back next year for another visit, so I’m already thinking of my updates to the garden for 2019

Bromley U3A Theatre Group

I usually open the garden to groups in the Summer months between June and September.  If you would like to book a visit for your group in 2019, please do drop me a line.

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Halstead WI visit to Freda's Garden, September 2018

Group visit from Halstead WI

Halstead WI visit to Freda's Garden, September 2018
One to the groups who visited me this week was the WI Halstead group.  They were such a lovely group who I do hope they will come again.

They also had a lot of fun with my pot luck, which raises extra funds charity.

Group visits are by appointment only, and I usually open the garden between the 1st July and the 31st August. If you would like to arrange a group visit, then please contact me for further details.

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