garden CopyJune is a favourite time for seeing gardens at their best, so this year Bishopston Garden Group are opening their gardens for charity on Sunday June 10th, from 2 – 5pm.

Whatever the weather, we enjoy showing visitors round, chatting about plants and indulging in some delicious home-made cake!

As usual there will be a large selection of plants for sale in Logan Road and tea and cake at St Bonaventure’s Presbytery. Monies from garden entries, plant sales and teas will help provide play items for the family room at the Prison, planting for the roof garden at our new Library, and CAFOD.

The gardens in our area are mature in most cases; some contain trees dating back to before the land was divided up and sold for housing in the 1860s. Many people have old apple trees, the variety of which their owners have been unable to identify in some cases. There are many with wells, underground water tanks, pumps and other features dating from Victorian times. Styles of planting vary. Some members have studied for RHS certificates and have used their knowledge to source some unusual plant species, others have experimented and learnt as they go along, so I am sure you will find something to inspire you for your own garden.

Whatever the level of knowledge of our members, we have all been beavering away to make the most of our gardens, so we hope you will come and enjoy a pleasant and sociable afternoon.

Lorna Rankin