PICTURES: Green spaces go on show for Open Gardens events in Sudbury and Great Waldingfield
Changeable weather proved problematic for open garden organisers at the weekend, with Saturday’s drizzle keeping visitors at bay, while Sunday’s sunshine brought more people out.
Sudbury and Great Waldingfield held open gardens at the weekend with a total of 40 gardens on show.
Maria Mills-Farinas said takings from Sudbury Open Gardens are still being counted, but she expected them to be down this year for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
“It was a problem with the weather,” she said. “So many people did not bother to come out on Saturday until the afternoon, and we closed at 5pm.
“This meant that gardens out of the town didn’t get many people along at all.
“We were very disappointed. One garden only had two visitors on Saturday.
“But then, on Sunday, there was one garden in town which had 105 visitors and they were queuing at the door.”
She added: “Sunday was quite a different day for the weather, but we took less money for our refreshments because people had been to the Taste of Sudbury festival.”
The annual event has been running for 40 years, with many gardeners confirming their involvement in November.
Mrs Mills-Farinas said next year’s June date could be changed to mid-May to stop it clashing with the food and drink festival.
In Great Waldingfield, organiser Lyn Culham said 12 gardens of varying sizes were open to the public.
All the money raised, which is yet to be confirmed, from the bi-annual event goes to St Lawrence Church in the village.
“Saturday’s weather was terrible but, by Sunday, it had cleared up and it was a lovely day,” she said.
“Some of the gardens put on teas and refreshments and that gave visitors a chance to stay and enjoy the surroundings.
“We also had a lot of visitors from further afield this year.”
She said newcomers to the event wanted to take part again next time.
“They said it was a lovely event and they got a chance to meet lots of people,” she added.