On Sunday 7th April, FOBG hosted their annual open gardens at The Grange.

This year the open gardens attracted a huge amount of interest following the release of ‘Cherry’ Ingram The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms written by Naoko Abe.

The weather wasn’t the best with overcast skies and a little rain but this did not stop hundreds of visitors attending to view the historic gardens at The Grange.

The main attraction was of course Taihaku, this beautiful cherry tree sits proudly at the front of the building.  It was this very tree that Collingwood Ingram used to successfully send scions embedded in potatoes to Japan to reintroduce the species in 1932 following several failed attempts.

Taihaku, photograph taken by Janet Illman 7.4.19

The open gardens are not only for enthusiasts to view the gardens but an essential opportunity for the charity to raise funds to facilitate social and leisure opportunities for the people supported by The Grange (2016) Ltd.

Thank you to everyone who came along and to those who worked hard behind the scenes and on the day to make this an enjoyable event for everyone.


If you would like to support the ongoing restoration and maintenance of Cherry Ingram’s Legacy, you can do so through volunteering or through our crowdfunder.

As The Grange is home to 17 people, regrettably we cannot facilitate further visitors to the gardens.  The privacy of the people we support is our first priority.

However, if you are interested in receiving information about future charity events including the open gardens 2020, please use the contact form and we will add you to our mailing list.