The second Open Day at Seaside Cottage Garden in aid of Marymount University Hospital and Hospice was supported by 400 people this past Sunday, 18 June.
The Open Day, held at Seanabea Cottage in Ballyshane, Cloyne, ran from 2-6pm and was organised by John Terry and Hilary Mason to raise money for Marymount Hospice.
“We had a great turnout,” said Mr Terry. “We had a very good turnout and we are very happy with it. All went well on the day. We had about 400 people here. There was all ages there; kids and adults and families. We had a lot more gardeners this year too. The first year we held it they seemed to only be a few who were curious came along, but this year there were a lot more gardeners. I was told that somebody from the RHS [Royal Horticultural Society, based in London] was here. I didn’t meet them myself, but that’s very nice to know.”
The Open Day offered an opportunity for people to explore a meticulously maintained mixed garden and enjoy a number of activities such as a plant sale by Sandy McCarthy from Ballymaloe, a honey tasting ran by Bridie and Charlie Terry from Cloyne and Hiney Herbal Tears by Denise Hiney from Ballinrostig.
“The Friends of Marymougroup which fundraises for Marymount] took the donations at the door and had tea available for everybody,” said Mr Terry. “We just opened up the garden and made it available for them. This is our second time opening up the gardens. The first time was two years ago for Marymount Hospice as well. It was suggested to us both by people that we consider opening up the garden for Marymount. My own wife passed away in 2001 and Marymount Hospice were quite good to her so we said we would open it up for them. I’d like to thank all the neighbours and everybody who supported us. They saw it was for a good cause and they came along.”