History of Eye Open Gardens

40 years on and still going strong

In 1979 Lady Flaxman, who lived in Church Street, had the idea opening some Gardens in Eye – to begin with the Gardens opened only on a Sunday, however, by 1982 they opened on Saturday and Sunday.

In that year there were thirteen Gardens Open situated in Lambseth and Church Streets. Over the years the event has grown and continues to do so not only does it raise money to support the ancient monument – the Church of St Peter and Paul but is a good opportunity for Eye to show what a great place Eye is – in 2018 thirty Gardens were Open plus the immaculate and much admired allotments – a vintage bus to take visitors around – the Town Hall is a hub of activity serving vintage afternoon teas, plant stall, trade stalls, bric a brac and Tombola. On Sunday three of the Gardens serve Teas and one Ice Cream.

 
 
An early Eye Gardens Tour Guide.

An early Eye Gardens Tour Guide.


2018

Eye, SUFFOLK Open gardens 2018

Over 25 Gardens and Allotments opened.

Weekend attractions included; Marham Bluebirds Military Wives Choir, Vintage Bus ride, Storytelling, Allotments, Scarecrow Competition, Vintage Teas, Bric-a-Brac, Tombola and Art Exhibition.

 
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2017

Eye, SUFFOLK Open gardens 2017

Over 25 Gardens and Allotments opened.

Weekend attractions included; Scott Brothers Duo Performing in concert, Nick Robinson, BBC Radio 4 in conversation, Lady Jane Wellesley on Waterloo, Vintage Bus ride, Storytelling, Allotments, Scarecrow Competition, Bric-a-Brac and Tombola.

 
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2016

Eye, SUFFOLK Open gardens 2016

Over 30 Gardens and Allotments opened.

Weekend attractions included; Concert in Eye Church, Vintage Bus ride, Storytelling, Allotments, Scarecrow Competition, Bric-a-Brac and Tombola.

 
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2015

Eye, SUFFOLK Open gardens 2015

Over 30 Gardens and Allotments opened.

Weekend attractions included; Concert in Eye Church, Vintage Bus ride, Storytelling, Allotments, Scarecrow Competition, Bric-a-Brac and Tombola.

 
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2014

Eye, SUFFOLK Open gardens 2015

Over 25 Gardens and Allotments opened.

Weekend attractions included; Concert in Eye Church, Vintage Bus ride, Storytelling, Allotments, Scarecrow Competition, Bric-a-Brac, Tombola and the Fire Station will be open Saturday for Teas.

 
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2013

Eye, SUFFOLK Open gardens 2015

Over 20 Gardens and Allotments opened.

Weekend attractions included; Concert in Eye Church, Vintage Bus ride, Storytelling, Allotments, Scarecrow Competition, Bric-a-Brac, Tombola and the Fire Station will be open Saturday for Teas.

 
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2012

Eye, SUFFOLK Open gardens 2015

Over 30 Gardens and Allotments opened.

Weekend attractions included; Concert in Eye Church, Vintage Bus ride, Storytelling, Allotments, Scarecrow Competition, Bric-a-Brac, Tombola and Art Exhibition in the Dove Hall.

 
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2011

Eye, SUFFOLK Open gardens 2015

Over 25 Gardens and Allotments opened.

Weekend attractions included; Concert in Eye Church, Vintage Bus ride, Storytelling, Allotments, Scarecrow Competition, Bric-a-Brac and Tombola.

 
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Please get in touch if you have any information, facts, stories or references to any Eye, Open Gardens of the past.