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August welcomes late summer perennials and annual flowers in borders full of colour with NGS open gardens providing some of the best displays to be seen in Norfolk.

Starting on Saturday 3rd August CHURCH FARM at Wramplingham, NR18 0RU.

Open for the first time this half acre garden is packed with colourful herbaceous borders, some edged with lavender punctuated with a perfumed rose pergola. There is also a beautiful cottage garden full of hot and pastel shades

Also on the 3rd, 4th and  5th August  at FURZE HOUSE, Rushall, nr Diss IP21 4RT

there are no less than 48 herbaceous and shrub beds and borders with cottage style planting in profusion. To complete the picture there is a large wildlife pond with rockery and scree area.

Another new garden opens on Sunday. 4th August at RECTORY COTTAGE in Congham, PE32 1DU It is an established plant-lover’s cottage garden in 3/4 acre with borders filled with a wide variety of herbaceous plants; shaded beds; gravel garden; mature trees; wildlife pond and shrubbery

On Sunday 18th August DAISY COTTAGE  at Roughton, Norwich NR11 8AF is a  garden with areas dedicated for wildlife and includes a stream, pond, bog garden and more formally, a Japanese style garden with a thatched tea house. Watch out for the chickens, ducks and apiary.

These are just some of the gardens open in August and more information can be found at and the NGS yellow booklet available in garden centres, nurseries, tourist information and libraries.

All the gardens are raising money for vital nursing and caring charities and the NGS is the largest donor for Macmillan Cancer Support. Natalie Marshall, Macmillan fund raising manager, said “Every day in Norfolk 14 people are hit with the devastating news they have Cancer, it will be the toughest fight they will ever have to face.  Add to that Norfolk is mainly a rural area and patients will often face isolation from local support and  have the stress of travelling long journeys for Cancer treatment.  The NGS donated £550,000 last year to Macmillan Cancer Support , this has enabled us to be there for people every step of the way giving, medical, practical, emotional and financial support to those affected by Cancer.  We have invested over £500,000 this year on Community Nurses and Support Workers to cover rural areas around Norfolk, over £300,000 on training local GP’s around Norfolk in early diagnostics and support and £35,000 on training General Practice Nurses and will endeavour to invest to make our services accessible to all throughout the County.

Currently there are 36,000 people living with and beyond cancer in our fine County and by 2030 that figure will rise to 68,000.  No one should face Cancer alone and thanks to the help and support of organisations such as the National Gardens Scheme, no one should have to”.


Saturday 3rd August


Wramplingham, Wymondham NR18 0RU. Open 11-5   Adm £3.50, chd free. Light refreshments.

A half acre garden of two eras. One a vista of calm formality packed with colourful herbaceous borders, some edged with lavender punctuated with a perfumed rose pergola. The other a beautiful cottage garden full of hot and pastel shades with a koi pond. The gardens have an overall relaxing feel.

Furze House

Saturday 3rd, Sunday  4th, Monday 5th August


Rushall, Diss IP21 4RT.Open 10-6. Adm £3.50, chd free. Light refreshments, teas, cakes & ploughman’s.

2-acre plantsman’s garden comprising herbaceous and shrub borders with cottage style planting in profusion. Lawned paths flow around many new island beds, incorporating established specimen trees, intensively planted with unusual shrubs and many special perennials. Established, informal wildlife pond, large rockery/ scree area with water feature.


Sunday 4th August


Westfield NR19 1QF. Open 12.30-5.30 Adm £4, chd free.Home-made teas.

Prepare to be amazed at the amount of colour from rare, unusual and more recognisable flowers, trees and shrubs in this 1.4 acre plantsman’s garden. Planted for year round interest with masses of colour into late summer. Reepham Ensemble playing 2-4pm.
Sunday 4th and Tuesday 6th August.


Marlingford, NR9 5HL. Open 12-7  Adm £3, chd free. Home-made teas.

Take home ideas from this small garden packed with unusual features. Designed as a collection of garden rooms divided by hedges, paths, arches and pleached limes. Colour-themed borders, Japanese garden, pond, vegetables and fruit. Wind sculpture
Sunday 4th August


Congham, King’s Lynn PE32 1DU Open11-5.30.  Adm £4, chd free. Light refreshments and homemade teas.

An established plant-lover’s cottage garden in 3/4 acre, next to the Church (which will be open). Borders filled with a wide variety of herbaceous plants; shaded beds; gravel garden; mature trees; wildlife pond and shrubbery. A tranquil garden with several sitting areas, free-roaming bantams and dovecote. Plants for sale.


Sunday 11th August


Strumpshaw NR13 4NL. Open 11-5 Adm £3.50, chd free. Home-made teas.

1-acre garden of contrasts, small C18 house (not open) with RIBA award winning orangery. Formal lawn hedged with yew and lesser species, huge mulberry, gingko, liquidambar and Japanese bitter orange, herbaceous borders with a range of varied plants and spring bulbs. Kitchen garden with orchard and soft fruits. Garden sculptures. Water feature. Cast aluminium silver birches. To the main part of the garden, some gentle steps to teas.


Wood Norton NR20 5BL. Open 2-5. Adm £3, chd freeThe gardens surrounding Severals Grange and the adjoining nursery Hoecroft Plants are a perfect example of how colour, shape and form can be created by the use of foliage plants, from large shrubs to small alpines. Movement and lightness is achieved by interspersing these plants with a wide range of ornamental grasses, which are at their best in late summer. New herbaceous borders opened in 2012 providing additional mid to late summer interest. Extensive range of ornamental grasses and shrubs in various garden settings.

Daisy Cottage

Sunday 18th August


Roughton, Norwich NR11 8AF.  Open 11-5. Adm £4, chd free. Light refreshments. 2 acre garden with areas dedicated for wildlife, incl stream, pond, bog garden and more formally a Japanese style garden with a thatched tea house. Among its features are herbaceous borders, vegetable garden and apiary, chickens and ducks. Produce and plants for sale. Bees and bugs in the garden demo

Oxburgh Hall


Oxborough PE33 9PS. Open 11-5 Adm £4.50, chd £2.25.

Hall and moat surrounded by lawns, fine trees, colourful borders; charming parterre garden of French design. Orchard and vegetable garden. Woodland walks.


Tuesday 20th August


nr Wroxham NR12 8RJ. Open 10.30-5.  Adm £7, chd £3.50. Under 4’s free, OAP’s £6.50.Wheelchair users and carers £5.

15-acre gardens with mature walled herbaceous and kitchen gardens. Tearooms open serving light lunches and afternoon tea.