Touch of the tropics open

HUNDREDS of people flocked to a jungle garden in Ipswich raising more than nearly £400 for charity.Owner Bill Smith was stunned by the interest in his tropical garden at his house in Wherstead Road.

HUNDREDS of people flocked to a jungle garden in Ipswich raising more than nearly £400 for charity.

Owner Bill Smith was stunned by the interest in his tropical garden at his house in Wherstead Road.

Carnivorous plants, banana trees, pampas grass, bamboos, and several types of cacti thrive under his magic touch. Bright coloured lilies and the Indian bean tree were in full flower, along with grapes sprawling over his hand built pergola ripening in the sunny weather.

Mr Smith said: "The weekend went really well and people seemed amazed. Well over 250 people turned up and I couldn't get out in the garden for two days because it was packed solid.

"Everyone who came showed a real interest in the plants and how I managed to keep them. No one turned up just to be nosy."

Mr Smith has raised so far £376 for the Sargent Cancer Care for Children fund by selling refreshments and collecting donations.

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As it proved to be so popular, the garden at 438 Wherstead Road will be open for viewing again from 10am to 6pm on August 30 and 31. Refreshments will be on sale in aid of the charity.