BLOSSOMING buds, blooming flowers and a burst of sunshine attracted crowds to enjoy a picturesque garden.
Cookscroft Garden in Earnley opened its gates to the public on Sunday and bank holiday Monday as part of the National Gardens Scheme which raises money for Macmillan nurses.
Jill and John Williams, who bought Cookscroft Garden in the 1980s, have been holding the event for about 20 years.
“Sunday was idyllic,” said John.
“Everybody was sitting in the garden enjoying their cream teas, it was wonderful. There were more than 200 people here.
“Amazingly enough we had about 50 people around on Monday despite the bad weather. We have had days like that before.
“But this time we had gardeners turn out, people who really wanted to know about the plants. We had some good plant sales, too.”
The green-fingered duo bought the house and five acres of fields and together with the help of Margaret and Adrian Harmes, created areas boasting collections of eucalyptus, birch, snake bark, maples and unusual shrubs.
The garden is home to three ponds with waterfalls, a woodland area, a cottage garden and a Japanese garden.
Cookcroft Gardens is now dedicated to the memory of Adrian Harmes, who died at St Wilfrid’s Hospice in 2012.
Money from the cream teas is donated to the hospice.
To find out more visit Cookscroft Garden