March to September 2023
Our Open Gardens 2023 season may have come to an end, but we would like to thank you all for your incredible support this summer.
This year brought a diverse selection of beautiful gardens chosen to inspire and delight and all in aid of the specialist services we provide to our local community.
To all our visitors, garden owners and volunteers we would like to a say a big thank you for making our Open Gardens scheme so popular and successful. Together, over the last 13 years the scheme has been running, you have raised more than £429,000 to help local families receive our charity’s compassionate care, and we couldn’t be more grateful!
A huge thank you to NFU Mutual Plymouth for sponsoring this year’s scheme.
Congratulations to all the winners of our raffle and thank you to everyone who entered.
Sharron Glass – Signed, original hand printed picture by Peter Ursem
Lin Ash – Otter Nurseries voucher
Mrs L Brown – The Grand Hotel Torquay, afternoon tea for 2
Jane Ward – Lewtrenchard Manor lunch for 2
Robert Reese – Welbeck Manor voucher for an overnight stay in a superior room with breakfast
Annie Greenwood – Champagne tea at the top in tower suit at the Duke of Cornwall
Thank you to the generosity of Cornwall-based artist Peter Ursem, who designed the colourful, unique artwork featured on the cover of our Open Gardens brochure this year.
Peter specialises in multi-coloured lino cuts, printed in small, limited editions on his precious Victorian printing press in his studio near Calstock. He has kindly donated one of his prints to support our care.
Peter said: “I’m so pleased to donate a print to support St Luke’s, who do such wonderful work in Devon and Cornwall. The print on the cover is from a series of four images from my wonderful garden in the Tamar Valley. My work usually explores the landscape in a wider perspective. With these four lino prints it was so interesting to zoom in closer on the magic of the world of flowers. As these prints (limited edition of 20) were specifically made for St Luke’s, I will be pleased to donate 50% of sales to the charity.”
You can order your own prints online at www.peterursem.co.uk.
Drake’s Island Tours
Once again we are working in partnership with the wonderful team at Drake’s Island to provide historical guided tours of this fantastic piece of local history. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Plymouth Sound, Drake’s Island boasts unique views across Cornwall, the city and beyond. Guests will be transported by boat to the island where you will enjoy exclusive access to the hidden network of underground tunnels and chambers and learn about the amazing history of the ‘Jewel in the Sound’.
Click below to book a Drake’s Island tour with a percentage of sales being kindly donated to us.