Open gardens will raise charity money

THREE villages are opening their “hidden gardens” to raise money for the running of an annual flower show and two charities.Some 20 gardeners in the villages of Grundisburgh, Burgh and Culpho are busy getting their gardens ready for the event, now in its 18th year, tomorrow and Sunday .

THREE villages are opening their “hidden gardens” to raise money for the running of an annual flower show and two charities.

Some 20 gardeners in the villages of Grundisburgh, Burgh and Culpho are busy getting their gardens ready for the event, now in its 18th year, tomorrow and Sunday .

Programmes will be available from Grundisburgh Green at £3.50 which will give admission to the often-hidden back gardens between 2pm and 6pm both afternoons.

There will be plant and cake stalls on The Green, with teas in the nearby parish rooms, and refreshments on offer in many of the gardens.

The gardeners have written their own descriptions in the programme - several outline their techniques for encouraging wildlife, another is experimenting with African learnt techniques for overcoming water shortage.

Another gardener describes his as 'the lost gardens of Burgh where restoration work is revealing an old hot house and a possible field chapel decorated as a shell folly”, while a gardener in Culpho has planted trees which would have been common when the l7th century farmhouse was built.

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The event is run by Grundisburgh, Burgh and Culpho Horticultural Society to raise money for the annual flower and produce show, as well as supporting Crossroads, which cares for carers, and The Stroke Association, chosen this year in memory of Henry Thorpe, a former committee member who kept Grundisburgh's playing field in excellent condition.

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