Step Through the Garden Gate to see some of the best gardens in Harleston

Visitors enjoy a garden in London Road as part of a previous Harleston Open Gardens. Picture: ARCHAN

Visitors enjoy a garden in London Road as part of a previous Harleston Open Gardens. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

Residents will open up their homes to let people peek inside their picturesque gardens for a summer event.

Visitors enjoy a garden in London Road as part of a previous Harleston Open Gardens. Picture: ARCHAN

Visitors enjoy a garden in London Road as part of a previous Harleston Open Gardens. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

About 30 homes in Harleston will take part in the open gardens event - called Through the Garden Gate - over the weekend of June 3 and 4, from 11am to 4pm on each day.

Tickets, maps, addresses and garden descriptions will be available from early May from The Apiary Cake and Coffee House, as well as from Harleston Information Plus.

Well-established town centre gardens, large and small, will be open alongside others on new housing around town.

Some are described as a little wild, woody and largely self-seeded, whereas others are said to be meticulously planted and maintained.


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Tickets and trail guide map cost £3 per person or £5 for two adults or for a family group with children.

To make for easier access to gardens across town, a hop-on hop-off, free-to-ride red and cream vintage bus will operate a circular route through the town and to the more outlying gardens, starting from the Broad Street bus stop where the route and approximate departure times will be displayed.

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The 1950 Bristol 35-seater served the Eastern Counties Omnibus Co for 17-and-a-half years until retirement in 1968 and was fully restored by owner Patrick Burnside in 1988.

Refreshment of all kinds will be available from The Apiary and other town cafes, restaurants and pubs throughout the weekend, while St John's Church in Broad Street will be serving tea and cake on Saturday.

Through the Garden Gate is organised by Harleston's Future with Harleston Garden Club. Call 01379 853132 or 854897 for further information.

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