Gardens open for charity in 2018

As the Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts gets set for another big year, founder Mick Moat spoke to Jane Hanks

The Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts season 2018 starts in earnest this month with different gardens open every weekend across France. This is the association’s sixth year, encouraging garden owners of all nationalities to open up their gardens, big and small, to the public, to raise funds for charity.

Last year they were able to hand out €23,500 to 11 chosen charities. €15,000 went to their main beneficiary, A Chacun son Everest, which runs courses in the Alps to help children and women who are in remission from cancer. Other charities include Quelque Chose en Plus, a centre for young people with a variety of disabilities, Réseau Bulle, which assists families and individuals affected by autism and Chiens Guides which trains and allocates guide dogs for the blind.

Visitors buy a €10 membership card which gives them access to any of the gardens for one year or pay €5 for a Day Pass which allows ...

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