Filby’s glorious gardens go on show during annual open weekend

Filby Open Gardens Weekend.
Helen Plane and Doreen Woodcock in their garden Filby Open Gardens Weekend. Helen Plane and Doreen Woodcock in their garden

Monday, July 14, 2014
6:40 AM

Proud Filby residents showed off their meticulously manicured lawns and brilliant blooms when they opened up their gardens to visitors.

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Filby Open Gardens Weekend. Catherine Wilson and Sheila Kinsley admire the gardens.Filby Open Gardens Weekend. Catherine Wilson and Sheila Kinsley admire the gardens.

Hundreds of people poured into the village to take a stroll around the glorious green spaces, which were in tip top condition ahead of the Anglia in Bloom judging next week.

A total of 13 gardens were open to the public and the village laid on extra activities for visitors including a display in the club room marking Filby’s involvement in both world wars, sailing sessions on Filby Broad and a tombola and plant sale in the church.

Adrian Thompson, chairman of Filby in Bloom, said a good crowd had turned out for the annual event, which ran across Saturday and Sunday.

Bee-friendly gardens had been a theme for this year’s display, he said, but visitors enjoyed a variety of lawns.

Filby Open Gardens wekend. Jean Green in her garden.Filby Open Gardens wekend. Jean Green in her garden.

“Bees were kept in mind but every garden is different. Some people are quite formal in their planting, others are wild and natural, there’s all sorts of things to look at,” he added.

Money raised over the weekend will be divided between Filby in Bloom, the village’s new hall fund and the church.

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