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Chelsworth opens its garden to the public for charity in late June every year. Chelsworth is reputed to be the first village in England to do so. Open Gardens Day has been going for over 40 years now. The Grange's garden is always one of the gardens open to view. For more info click here

Several other villages have open gardens days now. Boxford and Lavenham are among the best. There are many 'Great Gardens' in the region - a sample is below...

East Bergholt: 'Impressive woodland garden started by the present owners great grandfather Charles Eley. Set in 20 acres around a valley with small stream and pool. Good collections of Rhododendrons, Camellias and magnolias together with other unusual plants, shrubs and rare specimen trees. May is probably the best time to visit. Excellent nursery in Walled Garden.'

Helmingham Hall 'Beautiful gardens at surround a double moated Tudor Mansion. Historic walled kitchen garden. Magnificent herbaceous and spring borders, wild flower garden, Herb and Knot garden. The Parterre and Hybrid Musk Garden are on the west side of the house and are approached along a wide grass causeway, flanked by large yew domes. Listed Grade I.'

Haughley Park Gardens and Woods are open to the public from 2.00 to 5.30pm every Tuesday from May to September. The Gardens, Woods and barn are open on two ‘Bluebell Sundays’ always the last Sunday in April and the first Sunday in May.

Kentwell Hall & Gardens 'A haven of peace and tranquility in the Gardens here at Kentwell.
Dominated by water (of the Moats) and mellow brickwork. Large Walled Garden with 17th Century layout, containing a large herb garden, with over 160 different herbs, a potager and ancient espaliered fruit trees.Plentiful clipped Yews including the Pied Piper Topiary now coming to life. In spring there are tens of thousands of snowdrops and then daffodils in drifts.'

Somerleyton Hall Widely regarded as one of the best examples of an archetypal Tudor-Jacobean mansion and one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain whose rooms and gardens are open to the public.

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