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PICTURES: Open Gardens events draw hundreds of visitors to Boxford and Kersey


By Newsdesk Sudbury


KERSEY: Open Gardens.Lillesley Barn, The Street, Kersey, Suffolk Bridget and Karl Allen Picture by Mark Westley. (11631726)
KERSEY: Open Gardens.Lillesley Barn, The Street, Kersey, Suffolk Bridget and Karl Allen Picture by Mark Westley. (11631726)

A hot weekend brought out scores of people to admire some beautiful gardens in Boxford and Kersey on Sunday.

Throwing open garden gates to visitors from far and wide for its annual open garden event, Boxford was busy throughout the day.

Armed with a map of where to go, and refreshments served along the way, visitors were able to look around 30 different gardens to get inspiration, or to just stop and admire the views.

BOXFORD: Open Gardens.St Mary's Church, Church Street, Boxford, Suffolk.Boxford Open Gardens 2019 Sharon Norman Dormers Picture by Mark Westley. (11631733)
BOXFORD: Open Gardens.St Mary's Church, Church Street, Boxford, Suffolk.Boxford Open Gardens 2019 Sharon Norman Dormers Picture by Mark Westley. (11631733)

Thanks to sunshine and recent rain, the gardens were in tip-top condition, with flowers and, in particular, roses in full bloom.

Raising funds for village causes, open garden events give visitors the chance to appreciate all the work that goes into gardens large and small.

Boxford Open Gardens organiser Sarah Williams said the 30 gardens were open from 11am to 4pm, and some staying open until 5pm, with around 300 people coming along.

Although not all the proceeds have been counted, she hopes the day will have raised around £3,000 – all of which goes towards the upkeep of St Mary’s Church.

BOXFORD: Open Gardens.St Mary's Church, Church Street, Boxford, Suffolk.Boxford Open Gardens 2019 Stephanie Atkins Troutbeck Picture by Mark Westley. (11631731)
BOXFORD: Open Gardens.St Mary's Church, Church Street, Boxford, Suffolk.Boxford Open Gardens 2019 Stephanie Atkins Troutbeck Picture by Mark Westley. (11631731)

“The gardens all looked really good,” she said. “It went very well indeed.”

Meanwhile, in Kersey, two gardens joined forces to take part in the National Open Gardens Scheme.

Bridget Allen, from Lillesley Barn, and David Anderson, from The Old Gardens, both located in The Street, were open to the public on Saturday.

As part of the scheme, they remain open by appointment until September.

KERSEY: Open Gardens.The Street, Kersey, Suffolk David Anderson The Old Gardens Picture by Mark Westley. (11631817)
KERSEY: Open Gardens.The Street, Kersey, Suffolk David Anderson The Old Gardens Picture by Mark Westley. (11631817)

Mrs Allen said: “The National Gardens Scheme was scouting around for new gardens and they approached us to take part.”

Her acre plot includes a dry gravel garden, inspired by the famous garden of Beth Chatto, and includes Mediterranean plants, ornamental grasses, herbs and succulents.

She said: “We’ve been here for 14 years and the garden we’ve created from scratch has changed a lot.

“During the open day, we had 160 visitors and raised £1,000 for charity.”

BOXFORD: Open Gardens.St Mary's Church, Church Street, Boxford, Suffolk.Boxford Open Gardens 2019 Ruth Common The Causeway Picture by Mark Westley. (11631816)
BOXFORD: Open Gardens.St Mary's Church, Church Street, Boxford, Suffolk.Boxford Open Gardens 2019 Ruth Common The Causeway Picture by Mark Westley. (11631816)


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