Media Release

QEH breast care unit to benefit from open gardens day

West Norfolk Breast Care Unit at QEH is one of two beneficiaries of this year’s 15th annual Wisbech St Mary Open Gardens event.

Nine gardens, normally hidden from the public, will be open on Sunday, 24 June from 10am-5pm.

The range includes small colourful cottage gardens, large open landscapes, fruit and vegetable plots, ponds, water features and a winning garden in Wisbech In Bloom 2017. Displays include a collection of over 90 different types of hosta and more than 300 different cacti and succulents.

Celia and Philip Green enjoying tea and cake
Visitors Celia and Philip Green enjoying tea and cake at a previous event

Organisers say it will be the perfect way to spend a relaxing day, with visitors able to have a game of croquet, read the Sunday papers, and enjoy a wood-fired pizza or homemade cakes and cream teas.

One of the garden owners, Sue Jackson, said: “Each year we choose a different charity to fundraise for. As one of the gardeners, I proposed this year we donated to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Breast Cancer Unit in King’s Lynn.

“The staff team were amazing, helping me through a really difficult time last year. They were there every step of the way, so reassuring and caring, I could not have hoped for any better care.

“Now I’m already back to gardening, which I love. Please come and support us on Sunday 24 June and help to raise money for this brilliant cancer care unit.”

Cacti collection at Tulsa House
A previous cacti collection at Tulsa House

There will be live music by the Beauvale Ensemble from 12.30pm in the garden of Tulsa House, and the church will hold an organ recital and exhibition of historical photographs.

Admission fee of £4.50 (accompanied under-16s free) includes entry to all the gardens and Fens Falconry, a private collection, which will hold flying demonstrations at 12pm and 2.30pm.

Entry programmes can be bought from any participating garden, located on High Road, Barton Road, Station Road, St Mary’s Close and off Churchfield Way. Look for the gardens displaying a large orange flower and start at any garden. Use PE13 4RY for sat nav.

The other beneficiary of the event is Wisbech St Mary Church Restoration Fund.

For further details visit or call Jayne and Richard Walpole on 01945 410772 or 07584 341160.


Feature photo caption: Sue Jackson’s garden at Wilroyda

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