In Praise of Pulmonarias

After the ravages of winter, the garden in March can look pretty bleak. So we’re thankful for the humble Pulmonaria for brightening up the early spring border.

Turning Home-Made Cakes into Holidays

Chari-Tea Van a Great Success Regular visitors to the nursery, and anyone who has seen us on Facebook, will know that, this year, we started selling tea and cake for charity from a little caravan. We called it the Chari-Tea Van. We set ourselves a goal of raising £400 for our chosen charity, The Maria Hanson Foundation. The year started with brisk sales during spring and through the Easter period. But a combination of school holidays and poor weather during August made the prospect of reaching that total look doubtful. But with the help of some persistent social media pestering, we passed our total with about a week to go before we closed for the year at the end of September. Yesterday the charity held its 10th Anniversary Ball – its main fundraiser of the year – and we were there. At a gala evening held in the Hilton Hotel at St George’s Park in Burton, we were delighted to hand over a big Chari-Tea cheque for £550 to Maria herself. Where Does this Donation Go? As Maria explains on her website: “If you had a loved one who was living with a life limiting condition, if your family was facing a short and uncertain future together, you would want to make the time they had left together as special as possible”. This is the purpose of the Maria Hanson Foundation (me&dee registered charity) by arranging holidays at the Mablethorpe seaside in two caravans, along with beach huts, for families in this position and for physically and emotionally injured service men and women where very precious memories can be made together. The charity was formed to...

2016 Easter Weekend

Hello everyone and welcome to the 2016 season at Blackfordby Nursery. We’ve been extremely busy behind the scenes during Autumn/Winter to make your trip to our little oasis of calm that bit more enjoyable.

The Chari-Tea Vintage Caravan

Our little surprise – the Chari-Tea Vintage Caravan. Come and have a cup of tea with us, with all profits going to the Maria Hanson Foundation.

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