Norwich resident Lindsay Maher has barely left her house in the past five years, due to serious illness followed by vulnerability and poor mental health during the covid 19 lockdown. Bound to her house and small courtyard garden in her rented property on Sussex Street, she spent the last five years transforming the garden into a leafy oasis.
The garden is stocked with hundreds of plants, a fountain, pond, statues and is home to numerous koi and ten chipmunks. Lindsay decided to open this remarkable space for other people to enjoy and to benefit St Martins.
Lindsay worked on the Earlham estate for many years heading up community projects and has years of experience of working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Lindsay was impressed by St Martins ethos of asking people to pay what they can afford at our Anglia Square charity shop, so she decided to open her garden to the public to raise funds for the charity.
Lindsay’s neighbour, artist Lyn Honeywood Hall and Lyn’s husband Nick joined her in selling refreshments and prints and cards and raised over £150 last weekend. Lindsay plans to open her garden up again this weekend September 18 and 19 and welcomes people to enjoy her garden and feed the chipmunks and koi in return for a donation to St Martins.
Go and see the garden on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September at 24 Sussex Street, Norwich NR3 3DE – you’ll receive a warm welcome!