Open Gardens Festival

May to September
Could you open your garden for St Christopher’s in 2019?

Join us for our next Open Gardens Festival

St Christopher’s Open Gardens festival offers you the chance to experience hidden horticultural delights and explore uniquely designed settings - while helping to raise funds for your local hospice

St Christopher’s is your local hospice and we care for people across the boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, covering a population of 1.5m people.

Last year we provided care and support for 6,500 local people and their families affected by a terminal illness.

As a registered charity we need to raise £15 million every year to continue to care for people when it matters most. Without the support of our local communities this wouldn’t be possible.

We hope you enjoy exploring these beautiful gardens and thank you for supporting your local hospice - St Christopher’s.

Open Garden 2018

Open your garden for St Christopher’s

Do you have a garden that you would like to proudly showcase to the public while having fun, meeting new people and supporting St Christopher's?

We are always looking to ‘grow’ our garden numbers.

Do you have a garden that you would like to proudly showcase to the public?

Everything that our participants do during the festival raises vital funds for your local hospice – and we’ll help and support you every step of the way to make your open garden a great success!

Below, one of our supporters explains why she opened her garden for St Christopher’s in 2017.

The beautiful garden pictured below in Eltham was opened by Pat Chapman in memory of Dave Ayling.

Dave, the father of Pat’s son-in-law, came to St Christopher's as a day patient and enjoyed taking part in arts projects such as pottery and painting.

Pat found St Christopher’s such a positive place and was surprised by how much the hospice relied on fundraising and donations.

With a passion for gardening and having spent 17 years lovingly designing and perfecting her garden in Eltham, Pat scooped two first prizes last year in the “Greenwich in Bloom" awards for “Best Window Boxes and Hanging Baskets" and “Best Front Landscape Design".

Pat's story

When Pat heard about the Open Gardens festival for St Christopher’s, she decided to open her garden in Dave’s memory and support St Christopher’s who helped him so much

"We got great help and advice from St Christopher’s who supported us every step of the way, we really enjoyed opening our garden and were happy to be able to support such a wonderful local cause."

She added: “On the day we had a sale of ceramic goods, a tombola and a plant sale. The day went really well and we were over the moon to have raised over £650 for St Christopher’s."

Pat Chapman

Pat Chapman opened her garden in memory of Dave Ayling

If you would like to open your garden for us, please contact Tracy Blackmore on 020 8768 4573 or at t.blackmore@stchristophers.org.uk to find out more.