Whitgift Open Gardens
Open Gardens at Whitgift School 20th May 2018
Photography by Danny Fitzpatrick
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Over two glorious Sundays in May and June, Whitgift opened its gates to the Croydon community and welcomed over 400 visitors to its annual Open Garden events.
The charitable Open Garden events raised over £1,200 for National Garden Scheme (NGS) and Open Garden Squares charities. Members of the public came and enjoyed Whitgift’s recently renamed The Duke of York Water Garden, home to three species of flamingo, ducklings and birds from every continent, as well as the resident wallabies who are always slightly harder to spot.
After watching the peacocks proudly display in Andrew’s Quadrangle visitors were able to relax and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the Founder’s Gardens.
The maze and the bee observation hive proved popular with both children and adults, as did the plant sale. Whitgift’s gardeners and grounds staff were on hand to dispense valuable advice to any fellow horticulturists and share information about the Whitgift wildlife.
The final Open Garden event for this year takes place on Wednesday 25th July, from 2-4.30pm, with money raised benefiting the NSPCC. OWs are most welcome. There will be free parking, disabled access, afternoon tea and an opportunity to see the beautiful grounds. Entry is £4 per adult, children are free.