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The prices are not for Alison, Roz and her sister but for the pots of plants for sale at Sefton Bungalow with the proceeds going to the National Gardens Scheme Charities.
Open Gardens Scheme 2009 at Penmark.
Just twelve months after the first open gardens the villagers were again working together to make the day a success. After the previous year’s mammoth effort there was some doubt whether the momentum would be maintained. Three of the previous gardens were not taking part but Andrew Matthews opened his garden this year together with his friends he made visits to his garden special with live music.  St Jude would have joined in but builders had made their garden less safe than they wished so withdrew.
Despite fewer gardens being open the number of visitors was pretty much the same as the previous year and even more cars arrived. Had it not been for Nick and Alison with the pub offering car parking then the village would have been jam packed with parked cars. On this subject it was a delight to hear so many visitors commenting on how brilliant and polite all the children who helped with the parking of the cars were.
The previous year the two outlying gardens were not visited by so many people as the ones in the village centre. This year the honours were about even as those less able to walk to the outlying gardens could take the courtesy bus that made 42 laps of the gardens all day long.
The church this year also benefited from visitors. The parishioners and other locals had made a wonderful floral show in the church and this can be seen from the link on the left. Also the bell ringers from Penmark, Llancarfan and Porthkerry rang out a celebration peel at noon for half an hour.
Not so many photos this year as last in this page as Rachel who took last year’s photos was busy giving demonstrations of jewellery making in the Village Hall. Card making was also an attraction in the Hall with Ellie showing her excellent individual cards. Also new this year was Cherie John with flower arranging demonstrations. As usual the hardworking hall committee sold tickets and offered cheese and wine. The Six Bells had a popular BBQ and served full meals.
Scarecrows photos
Garden photo album
Open gardens photos
There were n;t too many birds in  the village on the day as there were some very smart scarecrows about. Click the link below to see them.
Scarecrows 2009