11 June 2006

This gallery of photographs gives a glimpse of our sun-drenched 'Tea in the Old Orchard' on 11 June 2006. Visitors of all ages — from babies in pushchairs to elderly ladies in wheelchairs — enjoy that special Old Orchard atmosphere: the sounds of music from Tin Pan Alley and the buzz of conversation as friends meet and greet each other, the scent of lilacs and roses from the garden, the taste of the many delights from the cake table.

Thanks to Dave Newman who provided many of the photos. Click on photos to see larger, pop-up pictures.
Ken greets visitors at the entrance to the Old Orchard.
On right: Mary and Jackie in the plant sales area
Stopping for a blether by the stone bridge over the pond
The queue for tea outside the garden house at 3.30pm
Servers carrying tea trays to visitors sitting in the garden patio.
What to choose? Isobel and Catriona help a young visitor.
Popular local band, Tin Pan Alley, is a favourite with garden visitors who enjoy their jazzy music from the 1940s and 1950s.
A gravel path winds through the newly replanted herb garden.
Relaxing in the sunshine
The Traidcraft barrow with its greatly-depleted stock of fair-trade goods.
On right: a satisfied plant customer
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