PEOPLE from Kent are next month (March, 2014) being invited to take part in some greenfingered fundraising activities in aid of a children?s charity at a garden centre in the county.
Millbrook at Highgrove is hosting a coffee morning, planting demonstrations and a gardener?s question time during Garden Re-Leaf Day on March 14 to raise money for Greenfingers.
Daniel Hume, Manager at Millbrook at Highgrove on Staplehurst Road, explained: ?We have organised several activities for anyone visiting us on Garden Re-Leaf Day, which is a nationwide initiative to encourage the horticultural industry to mark the start of spring by organising events in aid of Greenfingers. The charity creates gardens at children?s hospices across the UK.
?We will be hosting a coffee morning from 9am until 11.30am and people will be able to buy a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake for ?1. Keen bakers will also be able to purchase a copy of our Millbrook Charity Baking Book for ?2.50. All money raised from the sale of the cake and book will be donated to Greenfingers.
?Our experts will be on our Gardener?s Question Time panel ready to offer solutions to planting predicaments from 9am until 11.30am.
?At 10.30am and 2pm people who would like tips on how to plant up colourful containers and hanging baskets will be able to watch demonstrations run by members of our plant team. At the end of each demonstration the container or hanging basket will be raffled off. Raffle tickets will cost ?2 a strip.?
In addition to this, visitors will be able to enter a raffle. Tickets will cost ?1 or ?4 for a strip of five. The raffle will be drawn on Friday, March 14 at 8pm.
There will also be a guess the weight of the cake competition. Entry to the competition costs ?1 and the winner will be announced on Friday, March 14 at 8pm. There will be a gardening quiz sheet for people to complete at their leisure too.
As well as creating awareness of gardening, one of the main aims of Garden Re-Leaf Day is to raise money for Greenfingers.
Greenfingers was launched in November 1998 by a group of volunteers drawn from all sectors of the gardening industry.
The gardens it creates are designed to help children and their families and friends during a very emotional and difficult time. To date, Greenfingers has created 41 gardens.
Daniel added: ?To celebrate the Millbrook Family?s first birthday we will also be hosting a Fizz Night on March 14 from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Members who attend the event will get a free glass of fizz or soft drink and?canap?s. We will also have live music and entertainment during the evening.
?Members will be able to get 15% off purchases made on the night this excludes concessions, caf? purchases and gift cards. Millbrook Family members wishing to attend the Fizz Night are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01622 832 299.
?The Millbrook Family is free to join and has been designed to treat people with personalised benefits and exclusive discounts at the garden centres and its caf?s, and also at other places in the Staplehurst area.
?Once you?re a member of our extended family, we?ll be in touch regularly by email to keep you in the loop on all of our seasonal top tips, offers and rewards. There will be plenty of exclusive extras all year round too.?
The Garden Re-Leaf Day activities will take place at Millbrook at Highgrove on Friday, March 14.
Millbrook at Highgrove is a family-run, independent garden centre. It provides customers with a wide range of quality plants, shrubs, trees, furniture, barbecues, gifts and food items.
Its friendly and knowledgeable staff are on-hand to give visitors help and advice on all gardening matters. The company has its own nursery at Crowborough in East Sussex, where it grows a third of the plants sold at the centre in an attempt to reduce plant miles.
There is a Water Gardens and Pet Centre at the garden centre, which stocks fish and ponds as well as pet food, accessories and toys.
For more information, please visit Millbrook at Highgrove, which is located on Staplehurst Road in Marden, call 01622 832 299, visit www.millbrookgc.co.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/MillbrookGCHighgrove or follow the company on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/MillbrookGC.