Open Gardens for Green Routes
For many years, gardens in Gartmore Village have been opened to visitors as part of the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, with funds going to Strathcarron Hospice. This year, Covid made that difficult, so it was agreed that four gardens would be open on Sunday, 30th August, and that funds raised through donations would go instead to Green Routes.
Jo and Anthony Weld Forester live at the Old Manse at the foot of the village. Theirs is a large garden with vegetables, fruit and lovely flower beds. Margaret Miller gardens at Eildon in Park Avenue and has an extensive apple orchard and much-admired stone flower beds. Brian and Fiona Patterson live at Bridgend on Station Road where their large garden has been expertly developed and has a beautiful pond area. Finally visitors enjoyed the wonderful baking in Isobel Madden’s garden at Berryknowe at the foot of the Gartmore House estate, where her grounds contain an extensive lochan.
Through the generosity of all who attended, Green Routes was delighted to receive £328.50 and our thanks go to the four garden owners and to all who visited and contributed to this splendid total.
Gartmore Horticultural Show
Each year, in late August, Gartmore Horticultural Society holds its annual Flower Show. Except during the second World War, this year has been the first time it has had to be cancelled in living memory. Many plants are raised especially for the Show, and Green Routes has been an exhibitor for many years. In a radical move, villagers were invited to bring spare plants to the space outside the village shop with an invitation to everyone to help themselves, leaving a donation to Strathcarron Hospice. Green Routes contributed many trays of plants, which were being nurtured for our Show Garden at Scotland’s Gardens in Edinburgh, which also had to be cancelled. It was decided that a share of the donations for the plants should go to Green Routes, and we were pleased to be given a third of the funds raised.
Recent News from the Garden
This year has been a very productive one, in spite of lockdown.
St. Modans High School in Stirling gave us six hens and two turkeys, and we now have them all in the coop with four of the ducks.
Yet more cheerful news!
Our ewes have had six lambs this year…