Hospice volunteer opens garden to the public in memory of late husband - Isabel Hospice

Our wonderful volunteer Rosie Freeland, and her son Peter, are opening their beautiful garden in Bengeo to the public on Saturday (Aug 6) to raise money for the Hospice in memory of her late husband Tony. 

‘Terrace House Garden’ will be open via the National Garden Scheme from 11am to 5pm. Refreshments will be sold in aid of the Hospice and plants will also be available for sale. Entry is £5, children free.

Rosie said: “Tony was so lovingly cared for before he died in the IPU in October 2018, only three weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour. I myself received recognition for 15 years as a volunteer at Isabel Hospice earlier that year, having worked mostly on the IPU reception. I never imagined I would find myself on the other side.”

Rosie now volunteers at our Hertford charity shop, where, she said, Maxine and the team have made her feel very welcome. 

Rosie’s garden at her home in Fanshawe Street has stunning views across the Beane Valley, with seven levels featuring a rockery, secluded pond, wisteria tunnel, orchard with wild grasses and more. There is mixed planting with an emphasis on late summer perennials and grasses intertwined with vivid annuals as well as vegetable plantings. 

Due to limited parking, visitors are advised to park on Elton Road. For the green-fingered among us it is well worth a visit!