The Great Garden Trail, raising money for Ipswich's St Elizabeth Hospice, is returning for its tenth year.

More than 25 gardens will be open across East Anglia for days between April and September.

St Elizabeth’s Hospice supports more than 4,000 patients living with progressive or life-limiting illnesses and their families each year.

Ipswich Star:

Kelly Nekrews, community fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “We are delighted to have reached our 10th anniversary for the Great Garden Trail. Over the last decade so many fantastic gardeners have generously supported the trail, which has been enjoyed by supporters and enthusiasts across the region.

“Every year it is a real privilege to see the fantastic green fingered skills of gardeners throughout the county and we are so thankful for their support.

“So do make sure to visit our website to see a full list of gardens taking part in this year’s trail and to find out more about how you can support your local hospice.”

Ipswich Star:

Columbine Hall will be one of the venues opening its gardens to the public.

On April 21, visitors will be able to explore the five acres of grounds surrounding the medieval manor house and moat, and there will be refreshments and live music.

Head gardener Kate Elliott will also be holding a talk on August 16 about her experiences working at Columbine since the age of 16.

Ipswich Star:

She said: “St Elizabeth Hospice’s services are so important because they provide support to people who really need it and improves lives for people living with life-limiting illness. St Elizabeth Hospice is a cause very close to my heart. It touched me and my family in so many ways with everyone’s compassionate care.

“Columbine Hall is very proud to take part in the Great Garden Trail and to help raise money for such a worthy cause. Each garden taking part is wonderful and so different – to visit one you come back with new ideas and inspiration for your own garden.

“We open for the Great Garden Trail on Sunday 21st April. There are five acres of gardens to explore here at Columbine Hall including a large walled garden, formal parterre, bog garden, woodland, wild flower meadow, hundreds of tulips, vistas and eye-catchers.”

Other gardens included in the Trail include Blakenham Woodland Garden, Holbrook Open Garden, Frog’s Farm Thwaite, and Beech House Aldeburgh.