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Hellebore Day marks start of spring in Truro

By WBEsme  |  Posted: February 22, 2014

  • Wendy Perry and her team of helpers at Hellebore Day.

  • BBC Radio Cornwall presenter Tracy Wilson with Wendy Perry opening the 2014 Hellebore day event at Bosvigo House.

  • Beautiful: An example of Wendy Perry’s Hellebore flowers.

  • Visitors enjoying the fine weather at Hellebore Day.

  • Visitors enjoying the fine weather at Hellebore Day.

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HUNDREDS of green fingered enthusiasts have flocked to Bosvigo house in Truro for a much anticipated annual plant and flower event.

Spring was officially sprung on Saturday when Wendy Perry threw open her garden gates and welcomed flower fans from across the south west to the 9th annual Hellebore Day.

The event, which was opened by BBC radio presenter and gardening expert, Tracy Wilson, gave visitors the chance to take in the beautiful gardens at Bosvigo house and buy pots of Mrs Perry’s exclusive strain of Bosvigo Double hellebore flowers.

Mrs Perry said: “It was the best every Hellebore Day we’ve had - the weather was wonderful and the crowds were fantastic.

“It’s such a happy event, and it is thanks to all the people who turn up every year and dig deep in to their pockets.

“I want to say a big thank you to all the people who helped – I couldn’t have done it without them. By no means is it just me, the day is a group effort made possible by friends and volunteers.

Having cultivated and sold hellebores for more than two decades, Mrs Perry began the annual flower event after the tragic death of her daughter, Hannah Perry, in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

The devastated mother wanted to raise money for fishermen in Thailand trying to re-build their lives and in particular the area of Khao Lak, where Hannah died.

Every year the money collected at Hellebore Day is donated to the Helston charity ShelterBox, which send shelter and equipment to disaster struck areas.

So far the event has sponsored more than 10 shelter boxes, all of which have Hannah’s name sewn on to the shelter tents.

Mrs Perry said: “I think it’s a very wonderful thing to do to donate to ShelterBox in her name.

“She worked with very disadvantaged children, so I think this is a fitting memorial to her.

“Like a lot of great ideas ShelterBox is a very practical and helpful and I think Hannah would have been pleased.”

Saturday’s event raised £2,032 for ShelterBox, and Mrs Perry and her team are already starting preparations for the 10th anniversary of Hellebore Day next year.

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