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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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U3A Swanley Gardening Group visiting Freda's Garden

Group visit from the Swanley U3A

It was another busy week in the garden for me last week, as not only did I have a number of group visits, but I also had my last NGS Open Garden of the Summer on the Sunday.

This delightful group of ladies and gentlemen visited me from the U3A Swanley gardening group. My art gallery was also very popular with the group, who purchased a print or two from me.

U3A Swanley Gardening Group visiting Freda's Garden
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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NGS Open Garden, 19th July 2018

I was delighted to welcome another 154 people to the garden for my final National Garden Scheme opening for 2018. The weather stayed dry for us and I’m delighted to report that I raised just over £885 for the NGS.

The garden was again brought to life with live music from local musicians and I’m pleased to say the nearby airshow didn’t put off visitors coming.  Another afternoon enjoyed by all.

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NGS Open Garden, 8th July 2018

We have another lovely day of weather for my first National Garden Scheme opening of the summer. It was a quieter affair to the previous week, so visitors were able to take in the full glory of the garden.

The garden was again brought to life with live music from the wonderful Vocal Eclipse and local musicians which included Frank McConnell. The Scratch Band. Keith Halford
Derek McGonigle and Ivan & Freda.

Another afternoon enjoyed by all.

I will be opening again on Sunday 19th August, 12pm – 4pm. Please note this is the same weekend of the Biggin Hill airshow, but traffic should have quietened down by the time we open. We also might get to see the Red Arrow fly by, as they often circle the sky around Biggin Hill for the show, and in previous years they have flown directly over the garden!

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Music in the Garden 2018

We had another fantastic day in the garden on Sunday 1st July 2018 for our annual Music in The Garden event.  We were again very lucky with the weather, which was fantastic and had approximately 218 visitors on the day.

An extra thank you to The Carefree Singers, Westerham Local Vocals and Peter Sinclair who entertained us all afternoon, and to Ivan who accompanied me on the Accordion.

Also thank you to the ladies running the stalls and who gave their time and the lovely ladies who kept us all refreshed with delicious tea and cakes.

Together we raised over £1,800 for the ed the garden and for the NSPCC.

Also special thanks to Nick at NE Gardencare, Karen from Premier Cuisine and Love Products who helped pay for our promotional flyers.

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