Looking forward to it but there's still so much to do!
Still working hard to get everything ready for the open day at Rainham Hall.
Yesterday I spent time talking to some of the garden volunteers, and was once again impressed by the warm community that's been gathered there to restore the old house and garden and most importantly, to involve local people in this next chapter in its history.
'There's no point in just doing what I want to do with the garden. It's what they want that's important', says Jesse, the community gardener.
I met Norman who constantly weeds the stone paths and Linda the Community Ambassador, who keeps a beautiful garden diary. You can see the moments of slog and triumph as the restoration of the garden continues.
Best story this time... the arrival of the new green-painted metal garden shed. Lifted over the high garden wall by crane! 'It was just a shed, but oh, that was such a wonderful day!'
I looked inside the Garden Memories box, and found a pile of postcards where volunteers, staff and visitors have written about gardens. Now the hard work part - to incorporate them into my 'crowd-sourced poem.'