Maria helps gardens bloom for St Ann’s

Is your garden in need of a makeover but you don't know where to start?

By News Team on October 29, 2019

Then enthusiastic garden designer Maria Stripling, from Didsbury, is ready to help out in return for a donation to St Ann’s.

Maria knows the back gardens of most local homes as well as the front, having organised the hugely-popular Didsbury Open Gardens for the last 11 years.

A nice garden can enhance lives mentally and physically and provide an extension to a home. I'm offering to take a look at someone's garden and provide ideas, with a design sketch, for a £100 donation. I've designed a few gardens, including my own, and would love to give home owners ideas and inspiration. Autumn is also the perfect time to plan a new-look garden next summer. Maria Stripling

Maria aims to raise £16,000 for St Ann’s, with an Arctic trek in March as part of her fundraising plans.

She has also secured a generous donation from a friend who  has commissioned her to design a Japanese Zen garden to remember a holiday with her late husband.

Close friends I've lost wouldn't have had quality time with family and a good death without the support of a hospice and the wonderful teams who work there.

Didsbury Open Gardens has raised almost £90,000 for St Ann’s.

* For a garden consultation email and to donate visit