Hidden gardens open to visitors

Garden Pride: Les Biggs and Dawn Blake of Orchard House created this beautitful wildlife garden from waste land in four years and were one of many people who opened their gardens to the public in Wirksworth.
Garden Pride: Les Biggs and Dawn Blake of Orchard House created this beautitful wildlife garden from waste land in four years and were one of many people who opened their gardens to the public in Wirksworth.
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GREEN-FINGERED enthusiasts enjoyed blooming marvellous displays as part of an annual open gardens event.

Wirksworth and Bonsall residents preened their florals and mowed their lawns for the celebration on Saturday and Sunday, which raises funds for charity.

Texture and Colour: Claudine Balmer of Rose Cottage pictured in her garden at the Bonsall Open Gardens event.

Texture and Colour: Claudine Balmer of Rose Cottage pictured in her garden at the Bonsall Open Gardens event.

The event has become a must for garden lovers and those of us who just like to relax and drink tea and biscuits in beautiful settings.

Visitors had a chance to explore hidden green spaces and courtyards.

A wide range of gardens were open from the large show gardens of Orchard House, in Wirksworth, and The Cascades and Herbert Lodge, in Bonsall, to much more modest courtyards.

Several gardens were selling plants and refreshments and live music took place.

Floral: Jill and Bob Rhodes of China House Yard pictured in their mature garden, one of many people who opened their gardens to the public in Wirksworth.

Floral: Jill and Bob Rhodes of China House Yard pictured in their mature garden, one of many people who opened their gardens to the public in Wirksworth.

In Wirksworth, the event raised money for Waltham House care centre, Amnesty International and Study Guatemala, a local charity supporting education for children in Guatemala City.

Money raised at Bonsall’s event will help fund improvements around the village.

Beautiful Blooms: Pam McNally of The Old Rectory pictured with her delphiniums at the Bonsall Open Gardens event.

Beautiful Blooms: Pam McNally of The Old Rectory pictured with her delphiniums at the Bonsall Open Gardens event.