Thrive was delighted to be the beneficiary charity at the recent open days at Hatfield-based Europlants Ltd. The event, which this year coincided with the company’s 25th anniversary, raised a wonderful £2,600.
The event was dedicated to Brigitte Canale, the late wife of owner Renato who sadly passed away in January, with a colour theme throughout of silver to mark Europlants anniversary and bright pink to celebrate the life of Brigitte.
More plants were introduced to the range and the open day also included an Italian lunch of lasagne, venison and beef bourguignon followed by authentic Tiramisu and a charity raffle and auction which was hosted by Thrive garden ambassador David Domoney. Leading garden designer Stephen Woodhams was launching his new book
Garden Design Solutions and donated £5 from the sale of each copy to Thrive.
Renato Canale, owner of Europlants Ltd, said: "People have said they are missing the smile of Brigitte and a lot of people are really complementing the nursery which is a credit to those who are working here."
David Domoney said: "The open days are great. It’s an opportunity where people that work in a similar business and environment can meet and network.
"It is a hugely momentous occasion to celebrate 25 years of somebody in business in the nursery game and it offers encouragement and hope for us all. Being closely associated with the family over a long period of time, you can’t meet a friendlier professional organisation."
The charity raffle and auction included orchids, champagne and a silver service dinner for six kindly donated by the bank Drummonds which will be hosted at its stunning headquarters overlooking Admiralty Arch in London.
Sandy Fitzgerald, business development manager at Thrive, said: "We were invited for the first time last year and we were absolutely delighted with it.
"I think it is very helpful that David Domoney, who is a friend of the family and a great supporter of Thrive and the Europlants event, is our gardening ambassador. He has certainly helped to put Thrive in front of important people in the horticultural industry and people who invite us to events.
"The raffle had a wonderful array or prizes, and one that might not be obvious is a spring planter that was created for today by our disabled gardening clients."
A music night with West Berkshire favourites The Bacuma Boys brought in around £1,300 for Thrive.
Supported by Danica Trim & Max Hunt, The Bacuma Boys are an acoustic group which specialise in music from the 1920s, with some older stuff and the odd 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s song thrown in.
The gig at Swallowfield parish hall on February 26th also featured real ale from West Berkshire Brewery which went down a storm and guests enjoyed a two course supper of paella followed by cheese and crackers (thanks to chef Victor from Trunkwell House, Village Maid cheese and Sainsbury's Winnersh). All the musicians gave their time for free, and for that we are grateful.
Thank you to everyone who came along on the night, bought beer, wine and raffle tickets! Hope you enjoyed the night as much as we all did.