An Afternoon with Fergus Garrett – Fund-raising Raffle Prizes

Full house in Barr Village  for Fergus Garrett!

The lecture by Fergus was a  tremendous success! Many said it was the best gardening lecture they had ever attended. Many thanks to Fergus for making the trip and giving us such a spectacular illustrated lecture.

After his talk tea and delicious home made cakes were served and we held a fund-raising raffle.   Theresa Talbot,  presenter of the Beechgrove Potting Shed drew the prizewinning tickets.  We were donated some amazing prizes for our raffle and almost everyone walked away with a prize of some sort.

Thank you to all those who helped that afternoon by contributing a prize or buying raffle tickets  – or selling them and making the teas. It was a great afternoon and we raised £250 in total. Fergus insisted that the majority of £200 go to  CHAS, which  is a charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure. CHAS runs two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch, and a home care service called CHAS at Home.

We have also sent £50 to

The Great Dixter Charitable Trust , which  is committed to maintaining the house, gardens and buildings as a centre for innovative horticulture and plantsmanship. Your support is needed to ensure the continuance of Christopher Lloyd’s iconic garden and historic house.

Thank you to those who donated the following gifts:

  1. Two free tickets to Gardening Scotland 2012 – courtesy Gardening Scotland
  2. A heavenly containerised tree – courtesy Stairway Trees and Shrubs
  3. Scotland’s Gardens Guide for 2012 – courtesy Scotland’s Garden Scheme
  4. Bulldog Mini Pruning Set (pink) – courtesy Anon
  5. The Garden Source (published by Eight Books) – courtesy Andrea Jones
  6. The English Roses by David Austin – kindly donated by David Austin Roses
  7. Special gift tba from  R&D Department of  Hillier Nurseries Ltd
  8. 10 x £10 gift vouchers have been promised by Thompson & Morgan
  9. A box of perennials has been very kindly donated by Brian Young of Holmes Farm
  10. Packets of seeds are kindly being donated by Van Meuwen 
  11. Burgon & Ball are kindly sending a pair of their topiary shears
  12. A hamper of homemade treats very generously donated by Ann McGinnis and the ladies of Barr Village.
  13. A gloriously scented Stephanotis in a silver container beautifully gift wrapped from Dobbies of Ayr.
  14. A large giftwrapped bottle of delicious fizz from Asda in Ayr.
  15. A selection of Camellias and Climbers kindly given by Sainsbury’s of Prestwic
  16. A kind lady also brought another prize of a book with her – sorry I did not get her name – but thanks all the same!

About Slow down... at Alton Albany Farm B&B

Enjoy good old fashioned hospitality in our Farmhouse, set in 2 acres of Wild Garden with borrowed views of a beautiful, lush green, Scottish valley. A log fire, a comfortable bed and a chance to read that book you've been meaning to. A short walk to the Village Pub for a drink and a meal and to work it off after there's no shortage of scenic trails to walk (or hire a mountain bike). A bit of peace, quiet and healthy exercise might be just what you need. Get away from it all for a weekend, you might even want to stay longer... We now have wifi in every room if you need to stay in touch - and a 40 " television in the lounge for our guests to relax and enjoy a selection of films beside the roaring fire. Alton Albany Farm is a riverside Farmhouse in a picturesque valley a short walk from the pretty conservation village of Barr. The Stinchar River runs along the edge of the grounds and a burn through the orchard. There is unspoilt hill walking and rambling in stunning scenery, mountain biking, cycling, fishing and birdwatching within easy reach. Beaches nearby with views to Ailsa Craig and the Western Isles. The Galloway Forest Park, the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and one of the best places for stargazing in the world is also close by. Easy access from Glasgow and Prestwick Airports and the Stranraer Ferries. Please contact us to help arrange travel as collection can sometimes be arranged. At our Bed & Breakfast families with children and dogs are always welcome. There is even an adjoining riverside field for stick throwing and ballgames. We offer a dining / drawing room with a log fire and plenty of books, card and board games to while away the evenings. Holidays or weekend breaks for families, groups, couples and singles. All welcome! For bookings and any further information please Contact Alasdair or Andrea Currie on 44 (0) 1465 861148 To see reviews from our guests please visit
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