Great Garden Trail - June garden events

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1st June 2019, 00:00 AM |

The Great Garden Trail returns for 2019 with even more gardens to explore across Suffolk!

This June, we have a number of Great Garden Trail events for you to visit.


Middleton Open Gardens; Holy Trinity Church, Middleton, Saxmundham IP17 3NN: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June from 11am – 5pm (last entry to gardens at 4.45pm)

A rich variety of gardens are open to view, with 19 to visit in total. One is set in 5 acres, another within a very old walled garden.


A former market garden displays a 100 year old wall topiary, while emphasis on attracting wildlife is paramount in another.

One gardener plans to open her art studio to visitors. Paul Richardson’s garden sculptures impress elsewhere. Wheelbarrow gardens will again be featured. Guides available from Church, Pavilion and Middleton Moor.

Entry is £5 for adults and children can enter for free.


Stowmarket Open Gardens; 27 Temple Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1AT: Sunday 2 June from 11am to 4pm

Come and visit gardens which capture the imagination. Including one which is a thousand square metres of brand new garden tucked behind a building site.


Started just last August, it already has a vegetable patch with 10 productive raised beds, a fish pond with a fountain, the beginnings of a rose walk bounding a shrubbery, a shade garden and a native tree lined glade. This is the perfect opportunity to see how a garden develops and evolves over time.

Donations for entry. Children can enter for free.

North east Ipswich Open Gardens; 7 Weymouth Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 5BB: Saturday 8 June from 2 – 5pm

Explore eight Ipswich gardens in a variety of sizes, styles and designs. All cared for by enthusiastic amateur gardeners in this lovely corner of Ipswich.


Come and enjoy this wonderful area whilst savoring a selection of refreshments.

Entry is £5 for adults and children can enter for free.

Naunton Hall, Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2RD: Saturday 8 June from 2 – 5:30pm

Discover over seven acres of garden which includes wide lawns looking over the Deben Valley. Come and explore the herbaceous borders and rose beds.


The garden looks over the now well-known Anglo Saxon archaeological site at Rendlesham.

Entry is £5 for adults and children can enter for free.

Snape Open Gardens; Snape Village Hall, Church Road, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SX: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June from 10am – 6pm

A number of cottage gardens are opening in Snape.


Enjoy wandering through this beautiful Suffolk village exploring quaint and quirky uses of space with water features, trees, flowers and shrubs.

Parking is available in Village Hall car park – IP17 1SX.

Donations for entry. Children can enter for free.

The Trail at Aldeburgh; Springhill, Church Walk, Aldeburgh Suffolk IP15 5DU:

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June and Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June from 10am – 5pm

Art and craft are combined with this Great Garden Trail event as Aldeburgh hosts The Trail.


Approximately 30 Artists and craftsman of different genres display and sell art over the two weekends.

A couple of gardens are on display including part of the Old Garden from Thellusson Lodge which has stunning sea views and is a varied, natural garden.

Donations for entry.

Shelley Open Gardens; Shelley House, Shelley, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7 5QY: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June from 2 – 5:30pm

A selection of wonderful gardens which display an assortment of interesting features.

The variety of gardens available to explore include a Georgian Farm House, a garden which has been developed from nothing over a number of years and a moated garden.

Also an informal yet captivating garden with 3 National Plant Collections. Another was believed to be an Elizabethan Hunting Lodge.

Entry is £5 for adults and under 16s can enter for free.


Stour, The Street, East Bergholt, Ipswich, Suffolk CO7 6TF: Sunday 9 June from 11am to 5pm

Stour is a large garden with outstanding southerly views over Dedham Vale, especially from the terrace.


It has extensive lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders and some fine trees, many planted in the 1950s and 60s when Stour was the home of Randolph Churchill.

There are ponds and water features and a wet garden by a seasonal stream.

Entry is £5 for adults and children can enter for free.

The Brambles, Manor Road, Clopton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 6SH: Sunday 9 June from 10am to 4pm

A large south facing plantsman’s garden planted to encourage birds and wildlife. It has been developed over the last six years and contains many unusual plants, herbaceous borders, over 40 different roses and a pond.


There is a small vegetable and fruit area and two greenhouses. Refreshments and plants will be available to purchase. There is parking and some wheelchair access. Dogs are allowed on leads.

Entry for adults is £3.50 and under 16s can enter for free.

Chantry Walled Garden, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 0BS: Saturday 15 June from 10am to 3pm

Come and learn about this Community Project which is based in the historic garden at Chantry Park.


There are flower borders, vegetable-growing areas and extensive glasshouses. Explore Nursery Cottage, where there is a courtyard garden designed for wheelchair users, enabling older people to carry on gardening! Volunteers from the local community help tend the garden.

Young people learn about horticulture here whilst on work placements.

Entry for adults is £3 and children can enter for free.

4 The Street, Cratfield, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 0BS on Saturday 15 June from 11am to 3pm

A creative and individual that’s over 11 years old, made with a love of plants, colour and nature.


It includes features to encourage wildlife: a pond, hedgehog houses, insect hotels and bird boxes. There are ornamental trees, perennial flower beds, a small fruiting orchard with chickens, next to the craft shed.

There are seated areas in the back and front garden to stop and relax under pergolas planted with vines, flowering and scented climbers. In the back garden there is a colourful summerhouse, decked outside eating area, surrounded by gravel and pots planted with flowers and herbs.

The garden is enhanced with stained glass artworks made by the owner, Bev Kimpton (The Suffolk Craft Shed) and a craft stall will be available. There is a greenhouse by the back gate leading to a productive allotment with fruit, raised vegetable beds, and polytunnel, with a mini orchard with meadow to encourage insects.

Dogs are allowed on a lead.

Entry is £3.50 for adults and under 16s can enter for free.

Playford Village Fete at Playford Hall, Playford, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 9DX: Saturday 15 June from 11am to 7pm

A beautiful village estate at Playford Hall surrounded by a moat. A mixed garden of formal borders, a rose garden and a large pond set in 14 acres.


The Trail will coincide with the village Fete, where traditional stalls will include teas, cakes, a tombola, birds of prey, music and much more.

A minimum £5 donation is requested for entry.

Wingfield Open Gardens; GWC Equestrian Centre, Vicarage Road, Wingfield IP12 5RB: Saturday 15 and June 16 June from 11am to 4pm

Wingfield village, home to the Dukes of Suffolk in medieval times is situated on the Suffolk/Norfolk border comprising several historic houses including the topiary gardens of Wingfield College and adjacent Wingfield Barns where Suffolk Open Studios work will be displayed during the event. There are 18 gardens in total.


There will be plant, craft and bric-à-brac stalls, light lunches and cream teas.

Entry for adults is £4 and children can enter for free

Hidden Gardens of Woodbridge; Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Road, Woodbridge IP12 4AU: Sunday 16 June from 10am to 5pm

A collection of gardens around Woodbridge which vary in size and type.

Gardens include water features, an array of flowers, shrubs and intriguing areas.

A chance to explore hidden Woodbridge and enjoy a day out with the family seeing an assortment of interesting and beautiful gardens.

Toilets and parking are available at Notcutts and the Community Hall. There is partial wheelchair access and well behaved dogs on a lead are allowed in some areas. There will be lovely plants and refreshments to purchase, along with a Made With Love craft stall.

Entry is £5 for adults and children can enter for free.

Tickets are available on the day from Notcutts Garden Centre, Cumberland Street IP12 4AF and Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Road IP12 4AU.

618 Foxhall Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 8NB: Saturday 22 June from 1.30 – 5pm

Part of the original Broke Hall Estate many years ago: now probably a typical suburban garden. Lawns with five main beds with trees, shrubs and perennials, plus annuals as appropriate.


Greenhouse, veggie-trug and lots of pots. Two patios with seating areas. Planted and designed to attract wildlife. There are two small wildlife ponds, woodpile, plenty of bird baths, feeders and boxes.

Entry is £3 and children can enter for free.

Larks’ Hill, Clopton Road, Tuddenham St Martin, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 9BY: Saturday 22 June from 1.30 – 5pm

Come and explore a hilly garden of eight acres with a modern castle keep on an interesting and beautiful site overlooking the gentle valley of the River Fynn.


The garden includes a newly-planted conifer garden, a woodland area, and lots of different levels for more formal planting.

Entry is £5 and under 16s can enter for free.

Hadleigh Nursing Home; 1 Friar’s Road, Hadleigh, Suffolk IP7 6DF: Saturday 22 June from 10am to 4pm

Come along and visit the beautiful gardens of  former elegant manor house that is now Hadleigh Nursing Home.

Features include a giant sequoia and Victorian Vegetable garden.

Donations for entry and children can enter for free.

Bridge House, Woodbridge Road, Grundisburgh, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 6UF: Sunday 23 June from 11am to 4pm

Small hobby farm with a selection of animals including alpacas, pigs, chickens, sheep, geese, guinea fowl and a goat.


Beautiful 24 acres which includes a wooded area, formal gardens, walled vegetable garden and a host of areas to explore.

Entry is £5 for adults and children can enter for free.

Katie’s Garden Plant Centre, Newbourne, Woodbridge IP12 4NS: Thursday 27 June from 4 – 7.30pm

Come and enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the greenhouses and growing areas at Katie’s Garden, an independent, family run nursery.


Our carefully selected range includes perennials, roses, lavenders, bedding & annuals, herbs, alpines, climbers, grasses, shrubs and trees. Our knowledgeable staff offer a friendly, helpful service. We are proud to supply St Elizabeth Hospice shops and the Great Garden Trail.

Donations for entry.

Woodwards, Blacksmiths Lane, Coddenham, Suffolk IP6 9TX: Sunday 30 June from 10am to 4pm

This Award winning south facing gently sloping garden of 1 1/2 acres, overlooks the rolling Suffolk country side.


Designed and maintained by the owners for year round colour and interest.

A number of magazines have promoted this garden with its island beds which are well stocked with shrubs and perennials. Vegetable plot display with hanging baskets and a well-kept lawns and large mature trees.

Entry is £3.50 for adults and children can enter for free.

Hidden Gardens of Eye; the Grange, Langton Park, Eye, Suffolk IP23 7LZ: Sunday 30 June from 10am to 4pm

Explore a number of gardens in Eye which capture a variety of themes, and some set amongst farmland.


The gardens include wild flower meadows, water features and an assortment of beautiful shrubs, flowers and roses.

Come along and enjoy the gorgeous views across this captivating area.

Entry is £3 for adults and children can enter for free.

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