THE Lawn residents in Alton experienced a lovely shock when Television gardening royalty Alan Titchmarsh dropped in to say hi.
Alan was going to in his formal capacity as Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Hampshire to say thank you to everyone on behalf of the Hampshire Lieutenancy for all their hard get the job done for the duration of the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns.
Throughout his go to, Alan enjoyed a tour of the care home and its grounds, admiring the plants, shrubs, bouquets and the garden.
Alan is no stranger to The Lawn as he previous visited 3 a long time ago and reported that: “The Garden is just as brilliant, cheery and welcoming as I try to remember it.”
He built confident he experienced loads of time to chat to inhabitants in the course of his pay a visit to. For just one Garden resident, Kathie Baines, viewing Alan Titchmarsh for the duration of his go to was a reunion of types. She stated: “Alan and I applied to be neighbours, we lived next-door to each individual other on the attractive Isle of Wight. I absolutely really like gardening and generally viewed his Tv set programmes, so acquiring out he was my following-doorway neighbour was extremely thrilling. It was pretty seeing him once more. He is extremely pleasant, and it purchased again a lot of content reminiscences of my old residence.”
Yet another resident, Dorothy Cory added: “Mr Titchmarsh appeared incredibly sensible in his official uniform. I do so take pleasure in gardening and it was a satisfaction to satisfy him.”
Alina Gutu, the Care House Manager at The Garden claimed: “It was wonderful to host Mr Titchmarsh during his go to. All the inhabitants ended up so content to satisfy him and have been around the moon when he mentioned how superb and nicely cared for the grounds – and particularly the lawn – were. We did check with if he experienced any gardening tips for us and he graciously said retain on doing just what you’re undertaking, that was such a compliment.
Like absolutely everyone, we have professional complicated times throughout the pandemic, but we have labored tricky to hold our residents secure, in contact with their liked ones and hectic with actions. I am outside of happy of my group below at The Garden as they have absent earlier mentioned and past to retain the resident’s spirits large although offering extraordinary care. To get many thanks and appreciation from Alan Titchmarsh for our attempts actually intended the earth to all of us here.
A person bit of assistance Mr Titchmarsh did give us was that it would be truly worth making sure there is something in flower just about every thirty day period of the 12 months. That is a fantastic notion, so we are heading to make certain we get every person included and make a decision which crops and bouquets the inhabitants would like to see far more of or even introduced. It will be a pleasurable, interactive exercising for anyone to delight in and see the effects when the flowers are in bloom. With any luck , when Mr Titchmarsh will come on an additional go to he’ll be amazed with our new additions and inexperienced fingers.”