We had lovely summer weather for Harleston’s Open Gardens weekend – when townspeople and visitors were invited to explore more than 20 surprising spaces on a diverse garden trail. There were people everywhere, trail map in hand, stopping to share impressions of the gardens they had visited or to swap advice on which to visit next. A lovingly restored and maintained vintage bus offering free rides contributed to the picture of quintessential market town as garden owners welcomed considerable numbers of visitors into private worlds not normally open to the public. Many gardeners offered tea and cake alongside garden stories, raising money for favourite charities. Some had spare plants, cuttings and seedlings for sale.

The weekend was organised by the Harleston’s Future events team with help from members of Harleston Garden Club. Both groups were delighted with the turnout and warmly thank all households who worked so hard to ready their gardens and for sharing with their many visitors some of Harleston’s extraordinarily diverse, and large and small garden landscapes. It was hugely enjoyable, and a repeat performance in two years’ time is definitely on the cards.

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