Posted: Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:20 by Town Warden

From modest beginnings 21 years ago, The Markyate Plant Sale has evolved into a full-blown garden party and raised nearly £85,000 for the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted.

The sale will be held on Saturday 26th May from 10am as ever in the picturesque gardens of 64 High Street, Markyate. In readinessfor the sale over 7,000 popular annual bedding plants have been potted up, including several exciting new colours of old favourites and some beautiful new additions, and carefully grown on at Rothamsted Research Station, whose help in allowing us to use their premises is vital to the event. There will bea selection of perennial plants, herbs, vegetables and gorgeous hanging baskets, renowned for their long life, for sale too.

To complete your visit, you can enjoy savoury filled rolls; home baked cakes and freshly brewed tea and coffee whilst being entertained by by 'The Quintet of Six - an ensemble from The Woburn Sands Band'. There'll be fun for the children too and a host of great raffle prizes to be won. What's more ENTRY IS FREE – so put the date in your diary now!


Ian Bradley, who has been involved with organising the event since the beginning, comments, "The Plant Sale has grown hugely since we started in 1997. Last year we welcomed several hundred visitors as well as Three Counties Radio and raised £9,397. We were delighted that our green fingers generated such a worthwhile sum of money for the Hospice, which cares for people facing life-limiting illnesses across Herts and Bucks and provides support for families and carers. Many people in Markyate have been touched by the charity's work and I am so pleased we are able to give something back to this remarkable community resource."

Whether you're passionate about gardening or just need a hanging basket to add a touch of instant colour – pop along to the Markyate Plant Sale.

For further information please contact: Ian Bradley 01582 94313

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