• Summer News (It's exciting!)

    Summer has finally arrived! Unfortunately it didn’t arrive in time for our first National Gardens Scheme open day of the year on 31st May. However, despite the cold, wet and windy weather 104 hardy visitors arrived to enjoy what they could of the garden. Thank you to each and every one of them. They were generous to a fault, leaving lovely comments, and £120.00 for Dementia UK’s Isle of Wight Admiral Nurse appeal as well as £250 for NGS charities. It was a pleasure to see Lady Sally Grylls and to meet Ron Holland, our new High Sherriff and Nigel Hartley, the CEO of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

    The weather for our annual beach clean at Forelands Beach was much better. The beach is less than 50 metres from the garden. It provides us with an enormous amount of pleasure, a limitless supply of seaweed for the garden, shells for napkin rings and interesting pieces of wood and rusty metal for making sculptural objects. Organising a spring clean is our way of saying “thank you” to the beach! We should also thank the 20 people came and collected the same number of black sacks full of rubbish.

    I can’t wait any longer to tell you our very exciting news!

    The nursery is moving to Fakenham Farm, St Helens. We will be opposite The View café where you will be able to sit, enjoy tea and cake and look out over beautiful raised beds filled with our favourite plants to the sea and St Helen’s Fort. It really will be stunning. In September we will start to move the nursery to the farm where we will have bigger and better tunnels and more room for propagation. The nursery will open in spring 2016 but you’re welcome to visit whilst we develop the site. We will continue to offer our expertise and enthusiasm as well as design coastal gardens and facilitate courses and events.

    But before September there’s lots happening here at Blue Haze. On Saturday 27th June we’ll be opening the garden again for the National Gardens Scheme. It’s the day of the Round the Island Yacht Race and visitors to the garden can get a great view of the race too. The cliff top, only a short distance from the garden is a great vantage point from which to watch the race. There’s a grassed area with benches; the ideal place for a picnic! Continuing with the sailing theme, members of Brading Haven Yacht Club will be baking cakes for the event and donations will be given to Sail4Cancer, a charity provider of water based respite days and holidays for families affected by cancer. The garden (BeachfieldRd, Bembridge, PO35 5TN) will be open from 11am – 4pm with the usual admission charge of £3 for NGS charities.

    On Saturday 11th July I’ll be facilitating a Beach School day for adults. As a qualified Beach School practitioner I’m keen to pass on inspirational ideas and techniques for exploring our coastal environment. They’ll be lots of hand-on activities as well as advice and information on staying safe and how to keep children engaged. There’ll also be the chance to light a fire and toast a marshmallow or two, the Beach School way! It’s an ideal experience for anyone who works with, or lives with children. The fee for the day is £30.00 and booking is essential.

    We now have a lovely range of locally made metal plant supports and the nursery is bursting with new and unusual plants as well as Coastal Gardener favourites; we hope you can visit us very soon. If you can’t come on the 27th June then perhaps you’ll be able to visit during Open Studios (July 24th – 27th).

    Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm.

    Gerry

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