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The Barn Arboretum at Framingham

Norfolk Gardens open in October 2019

October is the final month of 2019 that gardens will open their gates for the National Garden Scheme to benefit the charities supported by our scheme.  These are wonderful gardens with plenty of seasonal colour and an arboretum open this month and both are sizeable, with lots of interesting themes and plantings for families to get out and enjoy.

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East Ruston Old Vicarage

East Ruston Old Vicarage will open on Saturday 12th October (12 – 5.30pm) This large garden has a unique variety of plants ranging from desert Cacti to prehistoric Tree Ferns.  The garden is composed of a series of rooms, some busy and colourful, others green and calming.  The interesting and pleasant grounds include walled, rose, exotic and Mediterranean style gardens, a California border and desert wash resembling the dryness of the Arizona desert. Topiary and box parterres, water features, a monumental fruit cage, as well as cornfield and meadow gardens, vegetable and cutting gardens, a heritage apple walk, parkland as well as inspirational containers, a real treat for visitors in 13 hectares of grounds.

The Barn Arboretum at Framingham, opens its gates on Sunday 20th October (10am – 3pm), is set within 14 hectares and lies on the south slope of a 50 metre hill from which there are extensive views across eighteenth century ornamental ponds towards Great Yarmouth and the sea.  A collection of trees were originally laid out by Doctor Edward Rigby, who began planting the grounds around 1805.  Graceful statues, a magical rotunda and wooden gazebo nestle in the autumn colour as the trees begin to turn to golden and magnificent cedars stand. The Beech walk is a remnant of this original planting and was a walkway for visitors to the original Framingham Hall (demolished in 1973).

Both gardens will be serving home-made cake, and tea and coffee.  Entry for children is free, but please check the website for garden entry fees, wheelchair access and whether the garden is dog friendly.  Free booklets listing National Garden Scheme ‘Gardens to Visit’ in 2020 will be available from February and you will be able to find one at your local library, garden centre or tourist information centre.  Alternatively you can find out about gardens open next year by accessing our website: ngs.org.uk and searching for Norfolk gardens. The booklet and website also highlight gardens that open for groups by arrangement.

Saturday 12th October:  East Ruston Old Vicarage, East Ruston, Norwich, NR12 9HN

Sunday 20th October:  The Barn Arboretum, Framingham Earl, Norwich, NR14 7SA

National Garden Scheme – Norfolk

Contact: Carol Allen M: 07368 238528     e: carol.allen@ngs.org.uk


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