A massive thank you to all who helped and supported the Open Gardens and Flower Festival this weekend. Everything went so well, from the signs (especially the ‘You’re nearly there’ one), our hardworking catering team (and their washer-uppers), the team that manned the Church, our popular local historians, the bottle tombola team of wrappers and sellers, the gardeners and families, and our amazing florists. Thank you also to everyone who lent props for the flower displays, marquees, tables, chairs, bins and tablecloths! We couldn’t have done it without all of you.
I apologise if I have missed anyone. Such a great community team, I am proud to be part of our amazing village of Flowton….
Most of our plant sales will be at Riversdale where homegrown plants from Flowton residents will be on sale. Some other gardens will be selling plants as well.
Priory Plants of Hintlesham have a stall at Flowton Hall and will be selling their plants. Plenty of parking is available at the Hall.
We are hoping to be on Luke Deal’s Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Suffolk during the gardening hour (8-9am) on Saturday 13th June so listen out!
During the Open Gardens and Flower Festival we will be selling Ploughman’s Lunches in the Churchyard between 12noon and 2pm (in a marquee in case of inclement weather!). This includes a ham or cheese roll, salad, mayonnaise and a drink for only £3. Tea and coffee is also available separately.
Church Cottage is hosting the cream teas between 3pm and 5pm – a traditional scone with jam, cream and butter, and tea or coffee. In previous years we have sold out, especially if the weather is good, so come early!
Susan Skinner of Riversdale will be selling her homemade jams and preserves during the Open Gardens. These are all from the fruits she grows in her garden and are absolutely delicious (I have sampled several!). She is also a dab hand at quilting and is selling her handmade quilted boxes. She will also be taking orders for these if she runs out which is highly likely.
Flowton has its own twitter handle @flowtonsuffolk where will publish updates on the Open Gardens and Flower Festival.
Flowton Open Gardens and Flower Festival aims to raise money for charity. This year it is the Flowton Church Fabric Fund (for repairs to our 13th century Church tower) and the East Anglian Air Ambulance who will benefit from the event.
You can find out more about the excellent work of the EAAA by clicking here.
During the Open Gardens event, we will be holding a competition to guess this chap’s name. The winner will win this beautiful hand-made gardener toy who stands about a foot and a half tall!
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Flowton Open Gardens and Flower Festival is now in the events listings online for the East Anglian Daily Times, Ipswich Star, Stowmarket and Sudbury Mercury newspapers. The print editions will hopefully carry the event nearer the time.