PICTURES: Stansted House and Garden annual Garden Show

Summer was in full swing at Stansted House and Garden as thousands of people flocked to the annual Garden Show on Saturday, June 11.

But, a soggy Sunday saw visitors huddling under umbrellas and diving under cover as the rain poured down all day.

Around 5,000 garden enthusiasts turned out on Friday – 1,000 more than last year – and on Saturday the event was buzzing in anticipation of the following day’s bad weather.

Co-organiser Lizzie Dymock said: “Our spirits weren’t too dampened as we had a wonderful day on Friday and Saturday.

“The sun shone on us in every respect.”

Fellow organiser Jane Sterck said: “It’s all about local people and about local businesses.

“The show is a bit bigger each year – we tweak it to keep it fresh and a big addition this year was the vintage tearoom serving champagne and cream teas.”

Over the weekend there were hundreds of stalls, with visitors spoilt for choice.

There was also a plant doctor, a talk on herbal remedies, a workshop on floral inspirations for the summer and Qi Gong for gardeners.

In the chapel, there were stunning flower arrangements by Emsworth Afternoon Flower Club, which were auctioned on Sunday in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Trust.

And, for those who bought too much to carry, members of Southbourne Sea Scouts and Chichester District Explorers were on hand with a plant creche, in return for donations.

The proceeds from the weekend will go to fund a trip to the International Scouting Centre in Kandesteg, Switzerland, next year.