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17
Oct

Exmouth in Bloom

So proud to win so many awards

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It was a nasty rainy evening so Ray and Gina attended the Exmouth in Bloom presentations on behalf of Manor Lodge. We were surprised at how many accolades we won, in fact I was beginning to feel embarrassed as our name was continually called out. Silver for  rear garden, silver for front garden, silver gilt for containers and hanging baskets and recycled planter,  Gold for Residential Care Homes, then for the whole of Exmouth we achieved runner up. Who we were runners up to was a private man who apparently has a beautiful eclectic garden, so it was well deserved. Oh and  we also managed to achieve recognition with the R.H.S. as having a thriving Level 4 status.

To be honest it is always a team effort working with the gardens. We do have professional gardeners  Gregg and his crew, however much of the work is undertaken by us at Manor Lodge. We operate a rota for watering, deadheading, feeding and general maintenance. This year was especially hot and even with the watering twice a day it was difficult to  keep them from wilting. Two residents regularly dead head whilst one just loves sweeping and keeping the pathways free from leaves and debris. So with the whole team, staff and residents working tirelessly it is down to them we managed to achieve so many awards. we managed to win so.

The residents love sitting in the garden and of course in the summer especially. The rear gardens have a continental feel, when the umbrellas are up, the sun is out, tea is served or a cool drink or ice cream, time just ticks away.

With the residents permission we formally open the gardens once a year for our Garden Party charity event. This year it was for the Lifeboats. What a success, the fun stalls with games, refreshment tent serving home made cakes, musical entertainment, the stall selling jams and cakes, the atmosphere was excellent and we raised £1700+

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