Visitors flock to tour village gardens

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THE hottest day of the year to date provided the perfect backdrop to the Beeding in Bloom open gardens event.

More than 100 visitors toured 10 different gardens in the village on Sunday, July 21.

S31502H13 Elaine and Tony Ellmer in their Henfield Road garden

S31502H13 Elaine and Tony Ellmer in their Henfield Road garden

Beeding in Bloom secretary Tricia Toe said: “There were Mediterranean-style gardens packed with exotic plants and water features, delightful rambling gardens filled with a variety of perennials, wildlife-friendly gardens planted to attract bees and insects and a garden which offered new patio areas which led into a traditional lawned garden with over 40 varieties of rose bushes.

“If this wasn’t enough, there were also two classic MG cars on display, a large plant sale, a talk on beekeeping and many opportunities to find a shady spot to sit and enjoy a cold drink or have a cup of tea with home-made scones and cakes.”

A total of £699 was raised, which will go towards plants for containers, baskets and flower beds organised by Beeding in Bloom.

The group has maintained these floral displays in the village for many years.

An additional £152.70 was raised for charity, with £46.20 going to the British Heart Foundation and £106.50 for the Raise the Roof Fund at St Peter’s Church in Upper Beeding.