Monday, July 2, 2012

Gardens Open Glen House Innerleithen

Garden Open Day Glen House Innerleithen

Society members prepare prior to "le deluge"

Garden Open Days are perhaps not renowned crowd pullers especially on damp thundery days in a remote location somewhere in Peeblesshire.

Sunday at Glen House, near Innerleithen however proved the exception - for further information on the house see our pre-event blog dated 25th. June.
Without doubt a successful day beyond all expectations.

The reason; perhaps because this was the first time this a particular Garden had been open in 60 years or again perhaps word had got out that Society Secretary, Davina Smart who had done such a grand job at our Jedburgh coffee morning was in charge of catering.

While figures are not to hand at least 300 people turned up on the day and at one point the gates to the grounds had to be closed.

 The whole event was staged to raise funds for various charities and the Society was pleased to assume catering responsibilities and the small team pictured above were literally quite run off their feet, trying and just about managing to cope.
We did though manage to promote the Society and explain how we are working on the house archives which should be available for consultation in due course and we like to think we might have influenced a few to join.

Afterwards we were rewarded with a personal conducted tour of the house - not normally open to the public and were able to admire the architecture of David Bryce and Robert Lorimer, particularly perhaps the magnificent ceilings, to absorb the homeliness and intimacy of the house and to appreciate the fine period fittings and so many fine furnishings and paintings.

 Ronald Morrison

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