Great Garden Trail - May garden events

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1st May 2019, 00:00 AM - 31st May 2019, 23:59 PM |

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

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


Blakenham Woodlands Gardens, Little Blakenham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 4LZ: Thursday 9 May from 10am – 4pm

Join us for our Great Garden Trail event in Little Blakenham.

Blakenham Woodland Garden is a delightful combination of traditional English woodland and many exotic trees, shrubs and flowers planted over 50 years.

From early daffodils, drifts of bluebells, rare magnolias and camellias the garden offers an ever-changing pattern of colours and scents throughout spring and early summer. The private gardens will also be open therefore offering a rare opportunity to view the beautiful kitchen gardens.

Entry is £4.00 for Adults and children are free. Dogs are allowed on leads.


The People’s Community Garden, Ipswich; Maidenhall Allotments, Halifax Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 8RE: Friday 10 May from 10am to 3pm

A unique garden which includes vegetable plots, heritage orchard, sensory garden, wildlife areas and herb spiral. Produce is available from the community market at the CRESS Pavilion.

The café is run by young people from local schools. The ActivSheds project will also be showcased on the day.

The garden enables people of all ages and abilities to get active, learn skills and contribute to their community by volunteering.

Entry for adults is £3 and children can enter for free (additional £2.00 for Communibees Apiary Tour (from 12pm) and children can enter for free.


Nacton Open Gardens: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May from 11am to 5pm

The community of Nacton village is opening up several gardens which vary in size and use.

The light, sandy soil means there there are plenty of shrubs in flower especially Azaleas and Rhododendrons in May.

The gardens vary in size from medium to 35 acres some with ponds, terraces and wildlife areas. There will also be an art and photography exhibition in Church.

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

East Bergholt Place Garden at the Place for Plants; East Bergholt Place, Mill Road, East Bergholt, Essex CO7 6UP: Sunday 12 May from 2 – 5pm

20 acre garden and arboretum originally laid out by current owners Great Grandfather.

Beautiful spring garden with Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Camellias in flower as well as more unusual trees and shrubs, Spring bulbs and a meadow of snake head Fritillaries. The private lawn featuring fine yew topiary will also be open to visitors.

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

Waldringfield Open Gardens; Waldringfield Village Hall, School Road, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP14 4QP: Sunday 19 May from 2 – 5pm

Approximately ten gardens varying in style and size around the village.

Scarecrows are displayed outside many houses and several verges are managed for native or pollinator mixes to encourage biodiversity.

There is a delightful riverside walk along a recently created nature reserve close to the Maybush pub.

Tickets/maps available from the main car park, village hall & the pub. Cream teas and a plant stall at the village hall. Plants for sale in some gardens.

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


Columbine Hall Tulip Display; Stowupland, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 4AT: Sunday 19 may from 1 – 5pm

Gardens surround a Medieval Manor House (not open) and it’s large moat.

Formal areas have been designed by Chelsea Gold Medalist George Carter.

The gardens include Mediterranean Gardens, colour themed walled kitchen garden, orchards, ponds, wild rose beds, vistas and parkland. Featured in Gardens Illustrated, The Daily Telegraph, The English Garden and Suffolk Magazine.

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


Toppesfield Mill House; Tinkers Lane, Hadleigh, Suffolk IP7 5NG: Sunday 25 May from 1 – 5pm

Beautiful one acre garden with mixed borders, 2 wildlife ponds, vegetable patch and an orchard meadow.

The Garden is gardened organically and very much with wildlife in mind.

It is very much a work in progress with many new cultivated areas every year. You can also see “To bee a Pig” from the St Elizabeth Hospice “Pigs Gone Wild” Trail.

Entry is £3.50 for adults and children can enter for £1.50.

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