Fullers Mill Garden at West Stow near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk will open for the 2016 season on Friday 1 April. The garden team, led by Head Gardener Annie Dellbridge, will be on hand to welcome vistors who are invited to enjoy the fantastic displays of spring bulbs and blossom in this enchanting seven-acre garden. Tea, homemade cake and plants for sale provide the perfect end to a stroll around this wonderful garden.
Owned and managed by Perennial, Fullers Mill Garden is the life’s work of Bernard Tickner, who has spent over 50 years creating and developing it. Located in a magical spot on the banks of the River Lark, the garden combines a beautiful woodland site with a huge range of rare and unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants.
Annie Dellbridge has been Head Gardener at Fullers Mill Garden since 2010 and is looking forward to reopening the garden gates and seeing visitors enjoy the garden once more. She says:
“The whole team has worked hard this winter to ensure the garden is looking its best for the season ahead. Our displays of spring bulbs and early flowering shrubs are putting on a fantastic show already and with warmer weather and a little more sunshine, we all have a renewed spring in our steps.”
Bernard Tickner moved to Fullers Mill in 1958 and began making the garden in what was an area of rough scrub and woodland. He entrusted it to Perennial, the charity that is dedicated to helping horticulturists, in 2013 in order to secure its future so that visitors will still be able to enjoy the garden in years to come. Bernard had placed the garden in a charitable trust a decade ago and he continues to fully fund it.
Annie is also training with her son Sam, an apprentice horticulturist at West Suffolk Crematorium, for the British 10K in May. They are running as part of a Perennial team to help raise important funds for the charity. She continues:
“We’re both really enjoying the early morning runs, especially now the weather is improving, and we’re looking forward to the race in May. The course takes in some of London’s most iconic landmarks so we just hope we’re able to enjoy them on the day!”
You can support Annie’s fundraising by donating securely via JustGiving here.
Fullers Mill Garden Visitor Information:
Open from 1 April to 30 September Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 2 – 5pm
Standard admission £4.00 | Gift Aid admission £4.40
Friends Membership: (valid for one year) £12 individual and £20 for a family
Address: Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6HD
Tel: 01284 728888
Tea, cake and plants are for sale. Group visits are welcome but booking is essential.
Further information about visiting Fullers Mill Garden can be found at: www.fullersmillgarden.org.uk
Perennial is also hosting a number of special events this summer at gardens across Suffolk and East Anglia. Designed to raise valuable funds to help Perennial support everyone working in horticulture during times of crisis, the events will appeal to anyone who enjoys visiting gardens and offers the opportunity to see some of the region’s most spectacular gardens, many of which are not usually open to the public.
14 June, 10am
This is a private tour of the impressive gardens of Glemham Hall, a fine example of an Arts and Crafts style garden. In the company of the Head Gardener, visitors will explore this quintessential English country estate, which is the private residence of Major Philip and Raewyn Hope Cobbold.
Ticket: £60 (includes lunch in a nearby pub)
Monday 25 July, 11am – 3pm
Helmingham Hall has been in the Tollemache family for centuries and the Grade I listed gardens have been extensively redesigned by the current Lady Tollemache, a Chelsea Gold medallist. Lady Tollemache herself will be the guide for this exclusive tour of the gardens.
Tickets: £70 (includes lunch in the Coach House Tearooms)
Wednesday 21 September, 10.30pm – 2.30pm
Seldom open to the public, this fine Georgian house is surrounded by 20-acre spring-fed water gardens. In the company of Head Gardener Damon Hill, this is an opportunity to enjoy these rare and peaceful waterside gardens at leisure.
Ticket: £65 (includes lunch)
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