Bursting with Blooms in June

A clear sign that summer has arrived is the opening this month of over 20 Norfolk gardens for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). Amongst a wide ranging and colourful collection of fascinating gardens five are opening for the first time, three in one village as a group, an evening event at a floodlit garden and an amazing plantsman’s garden.

Saturday, 11th June and Sunday 12th June 2011

Furze House Rushall, Diss IP21 4RT
A 2-acre plantsman’s garden with many rare and unusual plants on show. Visitors can see many of the more tender species in three greenhouses and two polytunnels.There is also the opportunity to buy some really interesting plants. Assistant County Organiser, Jan Saunt said “The owners are keen to share their knowledge and have a passion for plants, this garden is well worth a visit”
Adm £3.50 chd free

Sunday 12th June 2011

North Creake NR21 9LG
A group of three very diverse gardens:

Creake House, Wells Road is a peaceful 2-acre walled garden and where home made teas will be available

The Red House in Church Street has many rare and unusual plants in a real plantsman’s garden and some will be for sale

The Old Bakehouse at 4 Burnham Road (entry from Wells Road) has an unusual claim to fame as the site of a tragic accident during the Second World War In 1944 a RAF Mosquito aircraft crashed into the garden killing the young pilot and another airman and the engine is still buried deep in the garden. There is a plaque on the garden gate commemorating the 60th anniversary of young men’s deaths. Garden owner Jane Faire said “I feel the garden is in part a memorial to the airmen and somehow there is an obligation to keep it looking at its best”
The combined admission for all three gardens is £5 chd free.

Wednesday 22nd June 2011

Hill Farm Gressenhall NR19 2NR
Has 3 acres set in parkland with rose gardens, water features and a vegetable garden. The evening opening (4-9) will highlight the floodlighting of mature trees.
Admission is £3.50 chd free.

Sunday 26th June 2011
Manor House Farm, Wellingham, PE23 2TH
Robin and Libby Ellis who were featured in the TV programme “Four in a Bed” are opening their garden
Libby said “The TV show was great fun with our bed and breakfast accommodation competing against three others in the country to find who was the best value and flying the flag for Norfolk we won! I am sure our garden was a big factor and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors on the 26th”
Admission is £4 chd free

Sunday 5th June 2011

Sundown, Roydon IP22 5XL
The return of a favourite garden is always welcome and Liz Bloom has recently developed a kitchen garden and new pond area to add to a well established 1 acre garden full of unusual perennials, shrubs and trees. A visit here can be combined with the internationally renowned gardens at Bressingham a mile away and the home of another member of the Bloom family.

There are also plenty of other Norfolk gardens which are long established favourites for visitors opening during June and full information about opening times and garden details can be found in the Norfolk Garden Guide at your local tourist information centre, garden centre or nursery. There are also full details available at www.ngs.org.uk

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.