Visitors enjoy Dersingham Open Gardens

PUBLISHED: 18:01 25 May 2015 | UPDATED: 18:01 25 May 2015

Trisha Rolph in her garden at Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt

Trisha Rolph in her garden at Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt


Villagers have once again opened their gardens for the public to enjoy in all their splendour.

The Dersingham Open Gardens and Art Trail had 1,000 people pass through the village last year, and organisers are hoping to attract similar numbers once again.

Trisha Rolphe, who is opening the garden of her home in Chapel Road, said: “Visitors really get to see a variety of beautiful gardens that you wouldn’t see otherwise.

“Each take on a very different approach to gardening but all are spectacular in their own charming way.

“For instance, ours is a courtyard garden, mainly with traditional plants but newer varieties have been incorporated into the scheme as well. We like a summer feel, so use a colour palette of pinks, blues and whites.

“Over the past 18 months, we’ve also renovated our home. We’ve taken a very old building and added eco-technology such as rainwater harvesting and solar panels to it, and that’s an added talking point for visitors.”

Fifteen gardens are participating, with each space offering visitors something unique in terms of style and approach to gardening. Many will also be selling items such as plants, books and home grown vegetables.

Artists based in Dersignham will be opening their homes to exhibit works which include paintings, pottery and photography.

Proceeds from the event go towards community work carried out by St Nicholas church.

- Dersingham Open Gardens and Art Trail is on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25. Entry is £5 on the day from the church hall or participating gardens; £4 in advance at Dersingham Post Office; free for under 16s. A shuttle bus service around the village will also be running.

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