NEARLY £500 has been raised by a Felpham resident for a hospice.
Pam Evans opened her garden to the community to help St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
Her generosity enabled her to donate £487 for its work. She said: “The chairman of Felpham Parish Council, Paul English, opened the event.
“People were amazed how much I had in such a small space, also so many vegetables in between the flowers to make me self-sufficient.
“I felt everyone had a really good, friendly afternoon.”
Several adults became children from the afternoon and joined in the competition to hunt for insects and birds for the chance to win a packet of sweets.
“Stacey Turner played her guitar by the pond and we all had vintage cream tea and lots of lovely cakes which were all donated.”
Pam of Mornington Crescent, moved into the property ten years ago. She set about clearing a garden which had become dark and overgrown with trees and bushes.
The poor soil quality led her to put in borders at the front and use a variety of tubs, pots and hanging baskets at the back with some perennials.
Mirrors around the fence exaggerate the space in the small plot.
Pam’s love of flowers led her to qualify as a florist after a two-year course at Chichester College in 2009.
“My planting schemes owe little to formality. I have a rough idea in my head when I start to plant as to what I want it to look like,” she said.
“But, as the season progresses, and more and more plants arrive, I just put them in anywhere there is a space and where I think they might survive.”
Several types of fruits and vegetables can also be found there. There is a vague nautical theme to the back garden.
The fence represents the side of a boat, the scarecrow is a fisherman and there is driftwood collected on beaches in Canada and razor clam shells from Blackpool beach as well as bits of the old West Pier at Brighton and other seaside bits and pieces.
Pam said she eagerly accepted the chance to help the hospice because she enjoyed showing people her garden.
But it had been a battle with snails and the weather in the weeks leading up the open day.