The National Gardens Scheme in Norfolk has two gardens full of spring colours opening on both Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

DESERT WORLD GARDENS  at Santon Downham is packed with over 70 varieties of magnolias, many in full bloom, and a wide range of spring bulbs to seek out.. Owner Barry Gayton is a regular on radio gardening programmes and keen to share his extensive plant knowledge with visitors

WRETHAM LODGE, in East Wretham specialises in spring bulbs with masses of tulips amongst hellebores in a lovely old walled garden. The wild flower meadows feature narcissi and fritillaries.

These are the ideal places to walk off all those Easter eggs you’ve eaten!!

DESERT WORLD GARDENS

Sun 5, Mon 6 April

DESERT WORLD GARDENS Santon Downham IP27 0TU. 

Open (10-5).  Adm £3.50, chd free, Light refreshments, plants for sale.

1¼ acres plantsman’s garden, specialising in tropical and arid plants, herbaceous, ferns, spring/summer bulbs, primula theatre, over 70 varieties of magnolias. View from roof garden. New area of primula auriculas.

WRETHAM LODGE

Sun 5, Mon 6 April

WRETHAM LODGE, East Wretham IP24 1RL. 

Open (11-5). Adm £4, chd free, Tea in Church, dogs allowed.

In spring masses of species tulips, hellebores, fritillaries, daffodils and narcissi; bluebell walk. Walled garden, with fruit and interesting vegetable plots. Mixed borders and fine old trees. Double herbaceous borders. Wild flower meadows.

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