Bank holiday gardens and art trail at Dersingham

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Gardeners and artists are once again uniting for the fundraising Dersingham Open Gardens and Art Trail, being held on Sunday and Monday, 11am-5pm both days.

Four new gardens join 13 old favourites, but there are always changes going on. New beds have appeared, new plants are being tested to see if they have found the right spot, trees and shrubs come and go.

Several gardeners, even right in the middle of the village, are reporting damage by muntjac deer that seem to be getting bolder and bolder.

Dersingham Art Trail photographer Jo Halpin Jones reports that muntjacs took a liking to many of her early plants, munching off the tops of delicate tulips.

On the plus side, they seem to like ground elder and have cut a swathe through an area of this invasive plant.

Ten artists are either opening up their studios and gardens or are exhibiting with another open studio; a potter, a photographer and a candlemaker join with painters to put on a show of their latest work.

Spread out through the gardens are opportunities to buy plants, asparagus, bric-a-brac, and secondhand books, and Ken Warner returns with his stand of glorious geraniums and other plants for sale, including climbing fuchsias.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day in the Church Hall, providing morning coffee, substantial lunches and cream teas.

Start your tour at the Church Hall, where tickets are £5 each (under 16s free), an advance ticket from the Post Office costs £4; the proceeds are to be shared between the church and funding for the new Village Centre.

Full details are available at www.DersinghamOpenGardens.co.uk.