SUMMER GARDEN PARTY
Sunday 28th May 2017
Once again the Ventnor Botanic Garden Friends’ Society is raising funds for the Garden’s Apprentice Scheme and to enhance the Education Fund.
6.30 pm Reception and Drinks in the Temperate House and surrounding terrace.
We will then take a tour through the Garden, visit the newly restored Japanese Terrace, to edulis where the main course and pudding will be served at approximately 8.00 – 8.30 pm
There will be an auction, with the emphasis on the Garden and what it can do for you, as well as a note draw.
Wheelbarrows and pitchforks at 10.30 pm.
Any queries or offers of help, please contact Caroline Peel on 01983 872375/07836 573814 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you who are sadly unable to join us for this fantastic evening we have arranged a very special prize, for a minimum donation of £20.00 which can be Gift Aided/CAF Cheque, your name will go into a draw to win an annual pass for two for admission to the Garden. To Gift Aid your donation please complete the relevant sections of the Application Form and send it with your donation.
Since the inaugural summer party in 2014 we have, with your help, raised enough funds, to assist three apprentices in their botanical journey.
Our first apprentice, Conrad, whom some of you will remember meeting at the first party as a very shy young man has blossomed. After his time with us, he went to Sparsholt College where he excelled and has just started full time work as an arborist at the Hillier Arboretum. He is extremely grateful to all at the Garden for supporting and encouraging him and it has been a great success story.
In order to mentor the apprentices, we, the Friends’, employ a gardener whom, as well as working in the garden, monitors their work and assesses them for their college work. None of this would have happened without your generosity and we are extremely grateful and are delighted to be able to help the young of the island in this way.
Ventnor Botanic Garden Friends’ Society Registered Charity 1080835
President: Brian Kidd
Patrons: Mrs. Gilly Drummond OBE DL Hon FLI VMM, Mrs. Penelope Hobhouse MBE Hon. D. Litt VMH, Mike Fitt OBE, Simon Goodenough, Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL