The Garden Destination Centre was open to the public from 5pm-7.30pm and Hambrooks treated visitors to complimentary vampire cocktails, food, live music and juggling acts.
The centre’s 16 show gardens were decorated out in cobwebs, oversized ghosts, ghoulish masks, spiders, bats and pumpkins with fierce faces. Under the covered walkway, haunting music screeched out from speakers, while there was a ‘Count the Ghosts’ competition for children and Titchfield WI provided a stall of homemade cakes.
Head designer and manager Mike Hodges has been involved in opening his own garden for the NGS for several years and came up with the idea to open the show gardens out of hours.
He said: "I thought opening our Show Gardens was a little bit different and the NGS agreed it was a great idea. We wanted to make it a fun occasion for both adults and children and we left donation buckets around the Centre for visitors to make their own contribution and we were delighted with their generosity."
The National Garden Scheme encourages the opening of gardens throughout the UK to raise funds for a number of charities including Marie Curie, Parkinson's and the Princes Trust.