Seed swap omen for great gardens
A first event for Boston has been hailed a success after hundreds of vegetable and flower seeds and plants changed hands.
The Great Boston Seed Swap promises a bumper year of growing in the community after a busy day yesterday at a stall in Pescod Square manned by Boston in Bloom volunteers.
Alison Fairman, Chairman of Boston in Bloom said: "We were delighted with all the visitors to the stall. We distributed literally hundreds of seeds and plants. Advice was much in demand from the experts we had on the stall."
The event raised funds for Boston's Butterfly Hospice, which will be used by in-bloom volunteers to create a garden at the hospice as part of the 2015 Boston in Bloom campaign.
Alison said one project will be to build raised beds for growing organic vegetables for the hospice.
Lincolnshire Master Gardener Ric Aron handed out advice about organic gardening and Andy Butterworth, events coordinator at the hospice, leant a hand on the stall.
Alison said the available vegetable seeds were boosted by generous donations from a local seed merchant, Boston Greenscapers and local allotment holders. Many people came just to make generous cash donations to the hospice garden fund.
Alison Fairman, right, hands a plant to Emma Grooby, of Boston, especially selected to go with roses in her garden
"Antique" seeds - whose lineage can be traced back to the 17th century - were snapped up by gardeners from Fydell House for their heritage garden.
Alison thanked Andy Pottle and staff at Pescod Square for hosting the event and said it is likely to be repeated next year.