PICTURES: Buxton Garden Trail attracts hundreds of visitors

Sandra Bradbury in her garden
Sandra Bradbury in her garden

The Buxton Garden Trail blossomed again last weekend as green-fingered growers welcomed more than 900 people over the two-days, making it the biggest event yet.

Back for a third year, the trail welcomed visitors from as far as the USA and Germany on June 9 and 10.

A total of 29 private gardens opened their gates especially for the trail, which also featured five public spaces.

Organiser Jo Holdway said: “It has been a truly terrific and wonderful weekend.”

Maps were available to purchase from various locations around the town, allowing people to visit gardens on the list at their own leisure.

The event was organised to coincide with the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, and Jo noted an increase in footfall compared to last year.

She said: “The wonderful thing about the trail is it brings people together. Gardeners love talking about their gardens, it’s about sharing knowledge and passions.

“For me a good garden is all about flowers, lots and lots of flowers, but not all the gardens are the same. One garden was only small but had a hobbit house for people to enjoy, so it really was a mix bag.”

This year’s trail has been supported by Tarmac at Tunstead, Soroptimist International and Enterprise Cars, and money raised from map sales and donations will be split between Blythe House Hospice, Dementia Care and a befriending group.

Jo said: “It’s great we can raise money for local charities as you never know when you might need their services.”

She added: “The Buxton Garden Trail will definitely be back next year.”