More than 2,500 people visited 37 of Bury St Edmunds’ hidden gardens on Sunday.
The annual Hidden Garden event for St Nicholas Hospice Care, which last year raised £23,000, even drew a couple from Australia and a coach party of Southend gardeners.
Though several hundred tickets were sold before the event, most went on the day from a marquee in Angel Hill staffed by hospice volunteers.
But it is not just ticket sales that raise money because many opening their gardens boost funds in other ways. So visitors were spoilt for choice of refreshments including cream teas, cakes and ice creams sold in many gardens, while many went home with armfuls of plants.
Jill Carter, one of the organisers with Diane and Paul Knights and Sheila Blackmore, said: “Hidden Gardens is one of the longest-running summer events in Bury and I don’t think anyone went home disappointed.
“Lots of people commented on the wonderful atmosphere the event creates, which is lovely for the gardeners who work so hard and generously share their gardens with so many visitors.”
If you wish you had opened your garden, The Coffee House, in Lawson Place, wants 30 gardens for an Open Gardens of Moreton Hall event on Sunday June 29 in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. Call them on 01284 700304.