The Open Garden event hosted by former BTF Trustee, Peter Foley, and his fiancee, Liz, to raise funds for the BTF Thyroid Eye Disease project, was a wet and windy affair, but the sun did come out... eventually, and we were able to appreciate Peter and Liz's wonderful garden. Many thanks to all who turned up to support the event, to the volunteers who helped out, and especially to Peter and Liz for opening their garden in aid of BTF funds. Over £550 was made.

As part of the Open Day we invited people to take part in the BTF 'Name the Plant' Competition. The gardening television presenter and BTF Patron Gay Search judged the competition and all proceeds when to the BTF.

Congratulations to Pauline Gourlay of Dalgety Bay, Fife, for her winning entry: 'Butterfly Wings'. The winning name will become official once it is published in the RHS Plant Finder Guide. and Pauline will receive a certificate and, when the plant has been propagated next year, a young plant.

Thank you to everybody who entered and helped raise money for the BTF!


The plant is Rhodohypoxis baurii, a S. African alpine from the Drakensburg Mountains. This is a seedling from the nursery at Holden Clough from early this century. S. African alpines are very long-flowering perennials (May-Sept), ideal for small pot culture, winter them dry indoors in cool, frost free conditions. Ample moisture during growing season. Acid soil.