The summer holidays might be over but the garden visiting season is not over yet. September heralds the golden colours of autumn and the National Gardens Scheme in Norfolk has several gardens open that will surely tempt you to visit.
On September 6th Daisy Cottage at Roughton is a 2 acre wildlife haven with mixed borders full of autumn colour plus a more formal Japanese style garden.
On the same day is the tranquil garden of Hunworth Hall near Melton Constable, recreated in the 18th Century Anglo-Dutch with its formal lawns, canals and pavillions and amazing topiary. There is also a kitchen garden.
High House Gardens at Shipdham opens not only on the 13th but also on 16th September and is a true plantsman’s garden with borders full of late season interest.
On the 20th September Shorelands Wildlife Gardens at Langmere near Diss is the ideal place to take children to see the roaming animals including flocks of cranes and marmoset monkeys!
All the gardens will be providing delicious homemade teas and your visit while being a pleasurable experience will also benefit the nursing and caring charities supported by the NGS.
- Founded in 1927, The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has donated more than £22 million to charity in the last ten years.
- The free 2015 yellow guide to Norfolk open gardens is available at local libraries, good garden centres and nurseries.
- Charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme include Macmillan
- Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Carers Trust and Parkinson’s UK.
- In total the NGS has donated over £14.75 million to Macmillan Cancer Support
In total the NGS has donated over £6.8 million to Marie Curie Cancer Care
Sun 6 Sept 2015
DAISY COTTAGE, Roughton, NR11 8AF.
Open (11-5). Adm £4.50, chd free. Light refreshments.
2 acre garden not to be missed, with areas dedicated for wildlife, incl stream, pond, and more formally a Japanese style garden. Among its features are mixed borders for autumn colour, vegetable garden and apiary, chickens and ducks. Produce and plants for sale. Bees and bugs in the garden demo.
HUNWORTH HALL GARDEN, Hunworth, Melton Constable, NR24 2EQ
Open (2-5). Adm £5, chd free. Home-made teas.
1 hectare of walled formal gardens incl topiary, canals, pavilions and kitchen garden. Re-created in the Anglo-Dutch fashion over the last 20yrs, it reflects the style and period of the house, and is set in the peaceful wooded upper Glaven Valley.
Sun 13, Wed 16 Sept
HIGH HOUSE GARDENS, Shipdham, IP25 7PU.
Open (2-5.30). Adm £4, chd free. Home-made teas.
Plantsman’s garden with colour-themed herbaceous borders with extensive range of perennials. Box-edged rose and shrub borders. Woodland garden, pond and bog area. Newly planted orchard and vegetable garden. Wildlife area. Glasshouses. Gravel paths.
Sun 20 Sept
SHORELANDS WILDLIFE GARDENS, Langmere, Diss IP21 4QA.
Open (10-5). Adm £4, chd £3. Light refreshments.
Shorelands offers something for visitors of all ages, borders overflowing with unusual perennials, gravel beds with grasses and bulbs, shrubberies containing rare and unusual trees and a new edible garden situated next to our collection of rare breed poultry.
The garden is predominantly known for its free roaming animals that incl flocks of cranes on the lawns and marmoset monkeys in the trees. Largest crane (Birds) breeder in the country, birds can bee seen on all lawns. Free Range Monkeys!
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