Every summer Hardwick hosts an Open Garden Event in, usually on the last Sunday in June. Up to a dozen gardens open their gates to visitors from far and wide as well as residents & their family and friends. St Mary’s Church is open for teas and homemade cakes and more recently the Bell pub has provided complimentary Pimms for garden visitors.
Visitors make a donation to the Florence Nightingale Hospice , based at Stoke Mandeville. This year we need to do things differently – we wanted to ensure the hospice did not loose out on the income generated from donations so we launched an appeal at the end of May to grow a Sunflower for Florence Competition and asked residents to make donations to the Hospice. In 2019 £615 was raised. We made our target for 2020 to exceed £615 by 30th June.
Thanks to the generosity of Hardwick residents, we have raised over £1200! and will continue to collect donations. We are celebrating this fantastic achievement with a Virtual Open Garden tour of Hardwick with photos of some of Hardwick’s 2020 Gardens. Enjoy you visit.