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Hidden Gardens (30th June 2013)

This annual event is only made possible by the help, support and contribution of so many people to whom "we extend our grateful thanks. In selecting gardens, June Baxter's local knowledge was again invaluable. The Gardens included some regulars that our visitors would expect to be open and new ones, so very important to help keep the event fresh and interesting. The Preservation Trust's thanks go to everyone involved with the opened gardens.

We are most grateful to Murray Donald Solicitors, our main sponsors, and Allanhill for providing the most delicious strawberries which were on sale at 46 South Street, the home of June Baxter. As in previous years we invited garden related local craftspeople and others to be present along with our own stalls at St John's. New this year was Miss IntegriTea who gave samples of her delightful range of teas. Regulars included Jon Warnes 'Working with Willow', Cecilia the Jam Lady, Louise Roger and the Botanic Garden plant stall. Musical entertainment was provided at St John's by the Fife Horn Union (including their Junior Division) and the ever popular Swilcan Singers. Callum McLeod and Steve Spackman entertained in the Doocot at 46 South Street. Visitors appreciated their efforts and they will be invited back next year. As ever, the catering at St John's was superb. We are very grateful to the ladies who gave willingly of their time to help, and the bakers whose contributions were remarked upon. The excellent sandwiches sold out quickly; greater quantities will be made available next year.


Yet again the Museum and Garden proved a most popular and profitable venue for our visitors. Thanks are due to the many volunteers who helped sell tickets and for the well-stocked stalls. Special mention is due to Jill Cameron who again produced all the goods on her work stall and donated all the profits to the Trust. Mention must be made too of Sam Bannerman, the Museum Curator, who worked so very hard both before and on the day. In ending this report I would like to thank all who helped in whatever way including Derek Barrie for his most professional promotion of the event. The windows at J & G Innes and the Citizen office on Greyfriars looked splendid. Thanks also go to our Committee Secretary, Lesley Barrie, Simon Kidd and of 'course our Administrator, Janette Gillespie, for master minding the 'Back Office' and for her invaluable contribution and support. In contrast with 2012, the weather held up well till an unwelcome downpour late in the afternoon and thankfully short.
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