Date published: Wed 20 Jun 2018
Author: D Lewis
Over two glorious Sundays in May and June, Whitgift opened its gates to the Croydon community and welcomed over 400 visitors to its annual Open Garden events.
Our Open Garden events are all in aid of charity and this year we raised over £1,200 for National Garden Scheme (NGS) and Open Garden Squares charities. Members of the public came and enjoyed Whitgift's recently renamed The Duke of York Water Garden, home to three species of flamingo, ducklings and birds from every continent, as well as the resident wallabies who are always slightly harder to spot. After watching the peacocks proudly display in Andrew’s Quadrangle visitors were able to relax and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the Founder’s Garden, served by our excellent in-house caterers, Chartwells.
The maze and the bee observation hive proved popular with both children and adults, as did the plant sale. Our gardeners and grounds staff were on hand to dispense valuable advice to any fellow horticulturists and share information about the Whitgift wildlife.
Feedback from visitors (some examples included below) who kindly signed our Open Gardens quotes book, was very positive and much appreciated:
‘A lovely relaxing experience on a first visit to the School. Thank you!’
‘Third time here. Son leaving this year so possible last time. Love the gardens; have bought beautiful lavender to remind us of our son’s time here. Scones excellent! Thank you.’
‘A unique collection of birds and plants in tranquillity and with friendly service.’
The final Open Garden event for this year is on Wednesday 25 July, from 2-4.30pm, with money raised benefiting the NSPCC. We hope to see lots of you here for another wonderful afternoon – as always, there will be free parking, disabled access, afternoon tea and an opportunity to see our beautiful grounds. Entry is £4 per adult, children are free.