Norfolk Gardens prepare for Late May Bank Holiday Visitors

Five Norfolk gardens will be opening their gates to visitors over the late May Bank Holiday period as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Hot on the heels of the Chelsea Flower Show you can see two gardens with Chelsea connections.

Unlike Chelsea you can walk in the gardens and will have ample opportunity to talk to the garden owners who like all gardeners are generous in sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Sunday 29th May 2011
Oulton Hall NR11 6NU

Garden designer Claire Agnew welcomes visitors to see her award winning Chelsea “Reflective Garden” recreated at her own home. Also in this 6-acre oasis there are woodland walks and a lake, together with herbaceous, Italian, bog, water, wild, verdant, sunken and parterre gardens all flowing from one tempting vista to another.

Sun 29 May 2011
Holme Hale Hall IP25 7ED

The contemporary walled kitchen garden and front garden were designed and planted by Chelsea winner Arne Maynard. The garden incorporates large herbaceous borders, trained fruit, vegetables and a traditional greenhouse.

Also opening on the Bank Holiday weekend are two gardens with inviting woodland walks and plenty of garden features to admire.

Sun 29 May 2011
Warborough House NR23 1QH

Has a seven acre garden on a steep chalk slope with woodland walks, formal terraces, shrub borders and walled garden creating a garden of contrasts.You can sample the homemade teas while enjoying splendid views across the Stiffkey valley and to the coast

Mon 30 May 2011
Bolwick Hall NR10 5PU

These expansive landscaped gardens and park are attributed to an 18th century garden designer, Humphry Repton. There is a collection of mature trees with woodland walks around a stream and a mill pond, as well as more recently planted borders and working vegetable garden to enjoy on your visit.

Wed 1st June 2011
Chaucer Barn NR11 8RL

The first evening opening of the year is at Chaucer Barn and there is the option of wine in addition to the traditional homemade teas whilst enjoying the views over rolling hills to the woodland beyond.

This five acre garden has been created by owner James Mermagen in the ruins of a farmyard with a knot/herb garden, walled herbaceous borders and a contemporary topiary garden are just a few of the features to see..

If your garden is of high quality, character and at least forty-five minutes interest Contact County Organiser Anthea Foster to discuss opening your garden. Tel 01328 701341

For more garden day out ideas visit your local tourist information centre, garden centre, nursery or open garden to pick up a Norfolk NGS Garden Guide.

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