Each and every year, the School of Garden Design Charity Breakfast does an excellent job of bringing together like-minded people that want to see growth in nature as well as in human nature.
Thanks to The Gardener Magazine and this year’s sponsor, Mpact Recycling, we saw a good 300 people arriving at the Chantecler Hotel on Thursday morning, which is nothing short of picturesque and sets the perfect scene for an event that celebrates the beauty of life, and of course, a well-kept garden.
The beautifully dressed Hall was draped in white linen and fairy lights, all meeting in the middle as if to illuminate the wonderful idea of people coming together to make a difference, while songs like Doris Day’s ‘Dream a Little Dream for Me’ created an ambience like no other.
Aside from actually being greeted with a wonderful gift bag that included a range of special items to take home, from beauty products to vouchers, every which way I looked I was greeted by smiling faces or bursts of laughter, with some generally happy chatter quickly filling the very short gaps of silence.
One thing I have to make mention of, however, is how quiet the hall appeared to get when I got up to give my talk – there is nothing more wonderful than sharing your knowledge and experiences and truly knowing that there are so many people actually interested in listening. With each click of the slides, that showcased the many beautiful gardens that I have been lucky enough to visit around the world, came an echo of ooh’s and ah’s.
There were so many people involved in this fantastic initiative for The Sunflower Fund, and I am truly blessed to be able to say that I was a part of it. While I am upset that the event is now over, I am on to the next!
Find me at the East Coast Radio Home and Garden Show from the 30th of June to the 9th of July or take a look at where you can catch one of my upcoming talks here.