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Tamsin Westhorpe Open Garden ambassador

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Tamsin Westhorpe is our Open Gardens ambassador. 

She started her gardening career at the age of 16. Tamsin then went on to study decorative horticulture and later worked as a parks gardener in Bournemouth. 

Her career has since seen her writing for many national gardening magazines, running a small garden shop and lecturing on practical horticulture.   

As you can see, Tamsin’s the person to turn to for top tips on organising a garden event:

Tamsin's top tips

Once a date has been set, it’s time to prepare the garden. Having a date in the diary is an excellent motivator!

No garden is perfect, so be realistic about what you can achieve before the open day – this is not meant to be a physical challenge but an enjoyable experience. 

If time is not on your side and you need to get your garden ready quickly, then: 

  • concentrate on the front of the borders – edging lawns and adding colour at the front
  • fill gaps with annuals and deadhead faded flowers to give the garden a fresh look
  • add a few pots to fill any gaps in the borders. You never know, a neighbour may lend you a few pots for the day
  • tidy the garden by removing practical items such as the washing line and bins, and give the garden furniture a good scrub 
  • sweep any paths and mow the lawn.

If you want to add in some extras, maybe sell tea and cake or set up a plant stall to raise more funds. But these are just an added welcoming bonus for guests.

Good luck and have fun.

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