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Music in the Garden 2021

Open Garden 2021

Freda’s Garden is please to announce that (subject to government restrictions) our annual Music in the Garden open garden event will be returning to the garden this Summer, on Sunday 25th July from 2pm to 5pm.

 

Hosting the event will be Pete Sinclair, who will also crooning some classic hits throughout the afternoon.

 

He will be joined by Fred Snow’s Jazz Trio who will be performing an exciting and highly entertaining jazz set that’ll sure to get your toes tapping.

 

We are also delighted to be welcoming the London Concert Chorus to the event.  Conducted by Georg Tormann, the chorus will be performing an eclectic mix of popular classic songs from across the decades.

 

Entry is £10 per person (which will include entry, a free cup of tea and slice of cake and a raffle ticket).

 

TICKETS ON THE DOOR

 

The event will be raising vital funds for the NSPCC.

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Freda Receives an Honour

Freda Receives An Honour

We are delighted to announce that Freda has been recognised for her services to the NSPCC and the community of Bromley, in the New Years Honours list.

For over 13 years Freda has raised money for a number of charities, including the NSPCC, and as part of the National Garden Scheme, from opening her personal gardens to the public several times a year, and hosting events to the delight of her visitors. 

Freda has raised over £74,000 for charity to date.
"Freda’s open garden events have been very popular over the last 13 years and have helped to raise a staggering amount of money for the NSPCC and other causes.  It’s clear Freda puts her heart and soul into her gardens and it’s amazing that she shares them with everyone, to help children and young people at risk of abuse. Well done Freda – this award is so incredibly well deserved!"
Rachel Sullivan
NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager for London
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Afternoon of Music in the Garden 2019

An Afternoon of Music in the Garden, 2019

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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NGS Open Garden, 2018

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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Added a new bed to Orchard

It was bothering me for a while, the empty patch at the back of the Orchard, so earlier this month I decided it was time to add a bit of interest and colour to the area.

The area before:
 

After clearing the area and plotting out the bed, I chose the following plants:

  • Viburnum
  • Buddleja candy pink and sky blue
  • Lobelia
  • Achillea violet and pink
  • Penstemon red and violet
  • Sweet William

 

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U3A Sevenoaks Gardening Group

Visit from the U3A Sevenoaks Gardening Group

What a wonderful visit I had yesterday from the U3A Sevenoaks gardening group.

There was 15 in the group and they all said they had a really great morning and again my pot luck and cards went down well!

U3A Sevenoaks Gardening Group

If you have a group who would like to visit my Garden, please get in touch.

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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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