Hidden gems a hit for visitors to the gardens

Lavenham open gardens''Pictured: Malcolm Hollister and Katie Lumis in the grounds of Lavenham Hall where the Lavenham players will be performing twelfth night soon ANL-150806-084509009

Lavenham open gardens''Pictured: Malcolm Hollister and Katie Lumis in the grounds of Lavenham Hall where the Lavenham players will be performing twelfth night soon ANL-150806-084509009

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One of the county’s most historic villages threw open its doors to visitors on Sunday but this time it was doors into some magical gardens.

The annual Lavenham Hidden Gardens offered enthusiastic guests a wide range of gardens from the grand to the more bijou but all containing planting lovingly undertaken by keen owners.

Lavenham open gardens''Pictured: Mary Wolton (right) with daughter Julia Abel Smith, in her garden ANL-150806-084555009

Lavenham open gardens''Pictured: Mary Wolton (right) with daughter Julia Abel Smith, in her garden ANL-150806-084555009

The sun shone on the day bringing out a good number of visitors who browsed the gardens on show.

These went from the spectacular grounds at Lavenham Hall, a perfect setting for the outstanding scultures by Kate Faulkner, through to the smaller group of gardens in the more modern Roper’s Court which could be viewed ‘over the garden wall’.

Orange Cottage in Prentice Street offered a wonderful use of terracing to host a wide range of flowers plus the smart summer house complete with seedum roof, while River Cottage in Lower Road was a cornucopia of plantings and visitors were given a helpful and at times humourous inventory of its shrubs and flowers.

Little Hall was a secluded and restful place with the medieval house and museum available to the public at extra cost.

Lavenham open gardens''Pictured: Jackie King in her garden ANL-150806-084422009

Lavenham open gardens''Pictured: Jackie King in her garden ANL-150806-084422009

Teas and refreshments were offered at some of the gardens and at each owners welcomed the visitors and chatted to them about their latest additions. Art work was also on display at Perseverance House with its large walled garden and contemporary patio.

People also enjoyed the gardens at The Guildhall and the community woodland, Dye House Field Wood which provided a peaceful interlude