Bury St Edmunds: Hidden gardens in the centre of town to reveal colourful secrets

Gross & Co solicitors will be opening their garden on Sunday as part of the Bury St Edmunds Hidden G

Gross & Co solicitors will be opening their garden on Sunday as part of the Bury St Edmunds Hidden Gardens day. Pictured is Gross & Co partner, Elizabeth Hodder. - Credit: Archant

The floral creations and delights of town centre gardens, many of them exclusively tucked away behind houses and properties in Bury St Edmunds, are set to be opened up to visitors tomorrow.

Gross & Co solicitors will be opening their garden on Sunday as part of the Bury St Edmunds Hidden G

Gross & Co solicitors will be opening their garden on Sunday as part of the Bury St Edmunds Hidden Gardens day. - Credit: Archant

The Hidden Gardens of Bury, the annual event which raises money for St Nicholas Hospice Care, is to feature 32 prized horticultural wonders.

Of those included this year a third are taking part for the first time or are regular supporters opening again after a break.

All the gardens featured are within walking distance of each other in the heart of Bury and are hidden behind high walls, houses or businesses bordering the historic streets.

One of those is Gross & Co, in Guildhall Street, where partner Elizabeth Hodder, a keen gardener and wildlife enthusiast, has been instrumental in bringing the walled garden back to life. It contains shrubs, annuals, climbers and wall mounted baskets. More than 300 bulbs and home grown plants have been planted in the past two years.

Diane Knights, chairman of the organising committee, said: “Last year we raised a record £20,000 and we’re sure people will continue to support this wonderful day out.

“Over the 27 years the event has been held we have built up a loyal following of visitors.”

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Many gardens will be offering teas and refreshments or have plants and produce for sale and four churches or chapels will be open. The event runs from 11am-5pm and tickets for the day will be available on Angel Hill, costing £5.