Through The Garden Gate
Harleston Open Gardens weekend (Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June) will take visitors Through the Garden Gate into some of Harleston’s many surprising, lovely and unexpected spaces.
What one sees from the street more often than not gives little clue to what lies behind, and the town is delighted that on this third Open Gardens event more than 20 gardens, large and small, and in all their variety, will be open to visitors.
Some of them, like “Cloudsview” off Shotford Road, and the walled garden at Millhouse Pottery, have been established over many years. Others show how new plots little more than 2 years old are being transformed to create new garden landscapes on private developments on the outskirts of town. Some gardens are astonishingly large, some are engagingly small – indeed one of the smaller ones had to ask visitors to queue for entry the last time it opened. Visitors will find ponds and pergolas; flower filled borders and ferns; insect friendly gardens and chickens; fruit and veg; summerhouses and greenhouses; sun-filled and shaded lawns. Some of the garden hosts will be selling refreshments to benefit their chosen charities. Harleston’s public houses and some of the town’s cafes will be open. St John’s Church will host a coffee morning on Sunday. The town and the all garden hosts look forward once again to welcoming visitors from far and wide.
A real treat on Sunday will be the presence of a vintage bus which will take passengers to gardens on the edge of town – departures from Broad Street bus stop where the timetable will be displayed.
Entry fee for the weekend is £3.00 per adult or £5.00 for a family group (2 adults plus children): dogs mostly welcome. Tickets available in advance from the Card and Party Shop on Marketplace: and on Sunday 2 June there will be a ticket sale stall on Marketplace. The trail map has advice about wheelchair access, and whether a garden is open on both days or one only.