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Generous gardeners

Charitable gardeners combine their love of gardening and

giving with huge success...

despite being another nation of

garden-lovers, this concept is

relatively new to France.

Enter Mick Moat, who lives

in the Creuse close to Haute

Vienne. In 2008 he started creating 'Un Jardin

Anglais' out of

two hectares of garden which

he describes as previously having "a few

bones but no colour".

In 2013 he decided to open it

for charity. Looking around for

an open garden scheme, he

found none, but, undeterred,

joined with three other nearby

gardeners to create what has

become Open Gardens/Jardins

Ouverts. In the first year they

raised €300 which was donated

to the amazing 'A Chacun Son

Everest' charity.

O

NE OF THE MOST

delightful of modern

roses is called 'The

Generous Gardener'

- with repeating large

fragrant double flowers it's a

plant that just keeps giving!

However generous gardeners

are not just confined to

rose beds - one of the greatest

pleasures in gardening is to

share the delights of a garden

with others, and when opening

them raises money for charity…

what could be better?

Since 1927, the English

National Gardens Scheme

has raised millions for charity,

bringing joy to the thousands

of people who visit its open

gardens each year. However,

A Chacun Son Everest was

set up by Dr Christine Janin, the

first Frenchwoman to scale Mt

Everest. It helps young people

in remission from cancer to

regain their confidence - each

course costs €3000 per young

person and it remains the major

beneficiary of funds raised by

these generous gardeners.

To say the scheme has

grown would be quite the

understatement since by 2016,

116 gardeners opened their

gates, raising €23,000!

Now president, Mick says

that interest continues to grow:

"our aim is to eventually spread

right across the country and

each year more French gardeners

join - they are loving what

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