Joyful June sees an abundance of gardens opening
Enjoy the summer scents and colours in the rich variety of gardens opening across the county for the National Garden Scheme this month. Seventeen gardens, big and small, in town and country, will be opening their gates. There is a tour of a paeony field, a hospice garden, a special evening opening in the private garden of a well-known designer and a charming group of 5 in a coastal town.
SUNDAY 4TH JUNE:
THE OLD RECTORY SYDERSTONE, CREAKE ROAD, SYDERSTONE, PE31 8SF
11-5 adm £5 chd free. Home-made teas.
Designed garden with shrub rose parterre, herbaceous beds, pleached crab apples, shrubbery and orchard.
SUNDAY 4TH JUNE:
OULTON HALL, OULTON, AYLSHAM, NR11 6NU
1.30-5 adm £6 chd free. Refreshments. Dogs allowed
6 acres with lake and woodland walks. Chelsea designer’s own garden which includes herbaceous, Italian, watery and wild areas. Sunken and parterre gardens all flowing from one tempting vista to another.
SUNDAY 4TH JUNE:
HOE HALL, HALL ROAD, HOE, DEREHAM, NR20 4BD 2.30- 5pm adm £5.00 chd free. Teas (Pop-Up opening)
Magnificent white wisteria walk situated in a walled garden, set in grounds of former Georgian rectory (not open) and surrounded by parkland. Garden redesigned in 1990 to incorporate climbers, herbaceous plants, a box parterre, espaliered fruit trees and a previous swimming pool with water lilies.
MONDAY 5TH JUNE:
HOVETON HALL GARDENS, HOVETON, NORWICH NR12 8RJ
10.30-5 adm £9 chd £4.50. Refreshments.
15 acres gardens taking you through the seasons. Mature walled herbaceous and kitchen gardens. Informal woodlands and lakeside walks. Activity trail for our younger visitors
WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE, THURSDAY 8th JUNE & FRIDAY 9th JUNE:
ERPINGHAM HOUSE FARM, ERPINGHAM, AYLSHAM, NR11 7QD
Evening open 6–8pm adm £15 chd free. Pre-booking essential. Wine.
An interesting guided tour around floriferous fields of paeonies grown for cutting.
SUNDAY 11TH JUNE:
ELSING HALL, HALL ROAD, ELSING, Nr DEREHAM, NR20 3DX
10-4 adm £8 chd free. Home-made teas
10-acre garden and park with significant collection of old roses, walled garden, formal garden, Gingko avenue, & viewing mound.
HIGH HOUSE GARDENS, BLACKMOOR ROW, SHIPDHAM IP25 7PU
12-5 adm £5 chd free. Home-made teas.
3-acre well-developed plantsman’s garden with colour-themed herbaceous borders, an extensive range of perennials & shrubs, box-edged rose and shrub borders, large vegetable garden.
THE NORFOLK HOSPICE, TAPPING HOUSE, HILLINGTON, KINGS LYNN, PE31 6BH
9–5 adm £4 chd free. Light refreshments. Dogs allowed. Plants for sale.
2 acres planted in 2016 and created by volunteers to provide a peaceful space for residents, staff and visitors. Includes a variety of cottage garden plants, a wildlife pond and a vegetable patch.
SUNDAY 18TH JUNE
BISHOP’S HOUSE, BISHOPGATE, NORWICH NR3 1SB
1-4.30 adm £5 chd free. Home-made teas
4 acre walled garden. Extensive lawns with specimen trees. Spectacular borders with many rare and unusual shrubs. Meadow labyrinth & organic kitchen garden. Plant sales
MANOR HOUSE FARM, WELLINGHAM, FAKENHAM, PE32 2TH
11-5 adm £6.50 chd free. Home-made teas. Dogs allowed
Much-loved, mature romantic country garden filled with variety and colour. Old fashioned roses, grasses, tree peonies
WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA, NR23 1D
11-5 combined adm £6 chd free. Home-made teas in Old Rectory Garden. Dogs allowed
A popular & friendly seaside town where 5 gardens, 2 of which are new to the scheme, demonstrate a delightful variety of design, planting & style.
THE WHITE HOUSE, THE STREET, RIDLINGTON, NORTH WALSHAM, NR28 9NR
11-4 adm £5 chd free. Home-made teas. Dogs allowed
1 acre with colour-themed herbaceous and mixed borders, gravel borders, roses, wildlife pond, kitchen garden and fruit garden.
FRIDAY 23RD JUNE
SILVERSTONE FARM, NORTH ELMHAM, DEREHAM NR20 5EX
Evening opening 6-8 adm £6.50 Wine. Dogs allowed.
Formal garden of 2 acres home of designer George Carter, divided into various rooms, a palette of evergreens & ornament.
SATURDAY 24TH JUNE
47 & 51 NORWICH ROAD, STOKE HOLY CROSS, NR14 8AB
11-5 Combined adm £6 chd free. Home-made teas.
The gardens provide a variety of colourful & mixed planting, perennials, roses and annuals.
Greenhouse with exotics, a small meadow & informal pond.
SATURDAY 24TH & SUNDAY 25TH JUNE
OLD MANOR FARMHOUSE, THE HILL, SWANTON ABBOTT, NR10 5EA
9-4.30 adm £5 chd free. Home-made teas. Dogs allowed.
The garden structure was laid down as sympathetic to the Dutch style of the house; with closed knot garden of box surrounded by pleached hornbeam. Herbaceous borders, clematis & rose walk to potager.
SUNDAY 25TH JUNE
FERNDALE, 14 PORINGLAND ROAD, UPPER STOKE HOLY CROSS, NR14 8NL
11-5 adm £4 chd free. Light Refreshments.
Seating areas, arches, flower borders, pond, vegetable plots & greenhouse all make up this 1/3 acre, which is packed with colour.
HIGHVIEW HOUSE, NORWICH ROAD, ROUGHTON NR11 8NA
12-4 adm £6 chd free. Home-made teas.
2-acre garden featuring a large range of herbaceous borders with over 120 Salvia varieties and numerous perennials. Interesting garden structures.
Mary Ferneley, a regular visitor to open gardens told us “June is the perfect month to visit gardens open for the National Garden Scheme; they are at their best and even if you are not a gardener you can enjoy swallows flying high above, borders brimming with colour and the scents of summer”.
Before visiting a garden, we advise checking website for any UpToDate information ngs.org.uk
About National Garden Scheme
The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, and raises impressive amounts of money for some of the UK’s best-loved nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.
Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors, we have donated more than £67 million to our beneficiary charities, and in 2022 made donations of £3.11 million. Founded in 1927 to support district nurses, we are now the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK and our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – we are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. We fund projects which promote gardens and gardening as therapy, and in 2017, we launched our annual Gardens and Health Week to raise awareness of the topic. Our funding also supports the training of gardeners and offers respite to horticultural workers who have fallen on difficult times.
To find your perfect garden, visit ngs.org.uk, download the National Garden Scheme app or purchase the National Garden Scheme’s Garden Visitor’s Handbook, which is published annually and available via ngs.org.uk/shop and at all good book retailers.
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