Gardeners put on great show

Open garden event around Bury St Edmunds.   Jane Peers in her garden in Finsbury Place (off Whiting Street).
Open garden event around Bury St Edmunds. Jane Peers in her garden in Finsbury Place (off Whiting Street).
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TUCKED away courtyards and gardens put on a fascinating show for plant and shrub lovers as the 25th Bury St Edmunds Open Gardens event was held at the weekend.

The weather was kind to visitors and hosts alike as rain held off until the day-long event closed on Sunday having raised a whopping £17,400 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Open garden event around Bury St Edmunds. Sadie Bedford and husband David Bedford in their garden at Garland Lodge.

Open garden event around Bury St Edmunds. Sadie Bedford and husband David Bedford in their garden at Garland Lodge.

Three new venues made up the 37 gardens on show, a Victorian grotto garden in Hatter Street and a garden in Garland Street along with the St Edmunds BMI Hospital, in Westgate Stree,t which showed off its grounds and provided tea and cakes to swell the coffers.

As well as enjoying the hard work of the homeowners there was also impromptu music provided at a number of homes.

Isobel Ashton, who with Elizabeth Barber-Lomax organised the day, said: “We are extremely pleased with all the efforts people have made to raise this money, It is just fantastic.

“I would like to say a very big thankyou to all the people who came along as well as those who opened their gardens.”

Open garden event around Bury St Edmunds.   Marianne Beamish and Paul Beamish by their pond in the St Johns Street garden.

Open garden event around Bury St Edmunds. Marianne Beamish and Paul Beamish by their pond in the St Johns Street garden.