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.