As we move through the year and late summer turns towards autumn, the days are beginning to shorten. Norfolk offers five delightful gardens that are opening for your leisure and pleasure during the month of September.
Chapel Cottage, Rougham is a naturalistic cottage design made to encourage wildlife into the garden. The space is divided into charming areas so you can see a pond, vegetable and herb gardens, wild flower lawns, and active beehives. The garden offers plenty of shade and places to sit and contemplate. Entry to this garden includes Holly Close (see below).
7 Holly Close, Rougham has a front garden packed with variety, with well stocked borders filled with colour and structure. The rear garden is laid out in the potager style, with fruit trees, flowers and vegetables encouraging bees and wildlife. This small garden shows how much can be achieved to create a bloom of late summer colour.
High House Gardens, Shipdham offers three acres of plantsman’s garden developed and maintained over the last 40 years. The garden embraces colour themed herbaceous borders full of an extensive range of perennials. More formal box-edged rose and shrub borders, a pond and a boggy area sit within the garden, and you can take time to wander through the woodland garden, orchard and small arboretum.
Silverstone Farm, North Elmham is the home of well-known designer George Carter and has been described by the Sunday Times as ‘one of the 10 best garden designers in Britain’. The two acres comprises an 1830s farmyard and formal gardens that have been inspired by C17 styling. The garden is made up of a number of interconnecting garden rooms with framed views and vistas that have been designed in a simple palette of evergreens and deciduous trees and shrubs typical of the period.
Hindringham Hall, Hindringham is a medieval site with fishponds, working walled vegetable garden, a Victorian nut walk, formal herbaceous beds, bog and stream gardens. This wonderful garden has something of interest throughout the year, and will be an enjoyable place to visit in September.
All the open 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. If you have not yet got your free booklet listing all the 2019 National Garden Scheme ‘Gardens to Visit’ then you can find one at your local library, garden centre or tourist information centre. Alternatively you can find out about gardens open throughout 2019 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.
Chapel Cottage, Rougham, King’s Lynn, PE32 2SE
Silverstone Farm, North Elmham, Dereham, NR20 5EX
Hindringham Hall, Blacksmiths Lane, Hindringham, NR21 0QA
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