Perennial gardens welcome record number of visitors It has been a bumper season at Perennial’s gardens. York Gate Garden in Adel near Leeds and Fullers Mill Garden in Suffolk have both received record visitor numbers this year.
York Gate Garden welcomed over 10,000 people during the 2018 season and Fullers Mill Garden doubled its visitor numbers to over 7,000 visits. Both gardens are owned and run by Perennial, the charity that looks after everyone from the world of horticulture during tough times, and their season runs from early April until the end of September.
Ben Preston, head gardener at York Gate comments: “Our fantastic summer season at York Gate was boosted by the good weather, so thank you to everyone who visited this year, as well as all of our wonderful volunteers for their hard work. York Gate may be a small garden but there is always lots to see and plenty of ideas to take home. And we haven’t finished for the year yet – we will be holding at special nine day Christmas event at the beginning of December.”
At just one acre in size, York Gate Garden is regarded as one of the country’s best small gardens, laid out in a series of distinct garden rooms. Inspired by the Arts & Crafts style, it was created by the Spencer family during the 20th century. For its intimate scale it packs a big punch, providing visitors with practical inspiration to recreate in their own gardens. Fullers Mill Garden near Bury St Edmunds, a tranquil seven-acre woodland garden on the banks of the River Lark, was the life’s work of Bernard Tickner, who passed away a year ago.
Perennial is continuing his legacy and maintaining the garden so it can still be enjoyed by the garden loving public. Annie Dellbridge, head gardener at Fullers Mill Garden says: “Fullers Mill Garden has certainly been growing in profile as a visitor attraction so it is wonderful to say that we have doubled the number of visitors this year. This year we joined the RHS Partner Garden scheme and we have also held NGS Open Days, hosted the Suffolk Nurseries Plant Fair and made an appearance on the BBC Gardeners’ World TV programme, all of which have helped in boosting visitor numbers and contributing to an excellent season.”
York Gate Garden Christmas Event 2018
Dates: Saturday 1 – Sunday 9 December 2018
Time: 12.30pm – 4.30pm daily
Price: adults – £5, U16s – FREE
Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience York Gate Garden in its winter finest at a time that it is not usually open to the public. There will be craft stalls and demonstrations from local artists, tasty cakes and other festive treats in the cosy tea room and a variety of entertainment. For Christmas shoppers, the gift shop will be filled with gifts, decorations, cards and stocking fillers.