National Garden Scheme
Norfolk Open Gardens in April 2019
In April, spring really gets into its stride with plenty of colour spreading throughout the garden. The gardens opening for the National Gardens Scheme this month offer a rich array of plants and bulbs flowering at their peak.
At Gayton Hall, PE32 1PLon April 7th you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through 20 acres of water side gardens and woodland glades all in a tranquil setting. Stream banks are carpeted with primulas, daffodils and the fascinating prehistoric looking skunk cabbage flowers!
Mannington Estate, NR11 7BB celebrates 40 years of opening for the NGS in 2019 and the gardens set around a picturesque moated manor house never fail to delight visitors. Enjoy the extensive countryside walks and trails to work up an appetite for lunch or teas in the Greedy Goose tearoom!
Wretham Lodge at East Wretham, IP24 1RL You can see this lovely spring garden on Easter Sunday 21st April and Bank Holiday Monday 22nd April and wander through a meadow full of fritillaries, seek out hellebores and a multi-coloured display of species tulips in the walled garden.
Chestnut Farm in West Beckham opens on Sunday April 28 and its 3 acres have been gardened by owners John and Judy McNeil Wilson for over 50 years and are keen to share their extensive knowledge and enthusiasm. A plant lovers garden where there is always something new to see!
Also on Sunday 28th April The Old House at Ranworth NR13 6HS has a lovely setting for an open day by Ranworth Inner Broad. There are attractive linked and walled gardens, an arboretum and of course spectacular views of the broad!
All the gardens will have delicious home-made teas and if you have not already obtained a copy of the free 2019 National Garden Scheme Gardens to Visit booklet then they are readily available at libraries, good garden centres and tourist information centres.
National Garden Scheme
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Charities supported by the National Garden Scheme include the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and MS Society. Further donations are also made.
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