Last year and this year, in June, we opened our garden to the ‘public’ under the auspices of Velt – an association for ecological living and gardening active in Flanders and the Netherlands. Members and non-members alike, including a good smattering of curious neighbours from the village, drifted in and out of our gates for two days, enjoying the weather and the beauty, sharing knowledge, connections and friendship.
In 2013 we welcomed more than 70 visitors (folks are always curious when a new garden comes into the list). This year fewer came, but the rewards to those who did were substantial: herb tea and Chrisje’s divine bluberry tart (made with locally picked blueberries). We also had picture books to show the story of the place and how things have changed since we started – a great source of stories and inspiration.