A-MAY-ZING COLOURS IN THE GARDEN OPEN FOR THE Norfolk NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME
During the month of May the days become longer and warmer and Summer is definitely on its way. Gardens are getting into shape with herbaceous borders coming into growth. There are 11 gardens opening this month providing a wide range of design and variety. Lakes and ponds come to life and azaleas, rhododendrons and bluebells bring a burst of colour.
Pre-booked tickets can be purchased online for all gardens listed, and at most gardens, it will be possible to turn up and pay at the gate. Refreshments will be available at the majority of gardens, and entry for children is free unless otherwise stated.
NORFOLK NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME
Sunday 7th May
Kelling Hall, Holt rd., Holt NR25 7EW.
10.30-3.30 adm £7.50 chd £3.00. Refreshments at nearby Garden Centre.
These gardens are seldom open, it will be the lower gardens with spring bulbs, the lakes, and beautiful mature woods. Meadows with views to the sea and a wonderful bluebell walk,
Sunday 14th May
Chestnut Farm, West Beckham, Holt NR15 1UJ.
11-4 adm £5 chd free. Refreshments
Mature 3-acre garden with many rare and unusual plants and trees which include Handkerchief tree, Cercis and Camassias. Fritillary meadow and wildflower walk.
Holme Hale Hall, Swaffham IP25 7ED.
12-4 adm £7 chd free. Light refreshments.
Walled kitchen garden with soft palette of herbaceous plants which include some unusual varieties. Greenhouse, vegetables, trained fruits, and roses. 130-year-old wisteria. Wildlife friendly with wildflower meadow.
Quaker Farm, Quaker Lane, Spixworth, Norwich NR10 3FL
11-4 adm £5 chd free. Home-made teas
An acre garden made up with herbaceous borders, gravel garden, an avenue of shrubs, woodland garden and bluebell walk on farmland.
Wednesday 17th May
Stody Lodge, Melton Constable, NR24 2ER
1-5 adm £9 chd free. Home-made teas
Spectacular gardens with camelias, rhododendrons and azaleas providing a riot of colour along peaceful woodland walks.
Sunday 21st May
Bolwick Hall, Marsham, NR10 5PU
1 – 5 adm £6 chd free. Home-made teas
Enjoy a woodland walk around the lake and a stroll through the working vegetable and fruit garden with its double herbaceous border.
57 Ketts Hill, Norwich, NR1 4EX
11-5 combined adm with 117 St Leonards Road, adm £6 chd free. Light Refreshments
A relaxed City Garden packed with plants. Terraces and steep slopes with wonderful views over the city and cathedrals.
117 St. Leonards Road, Norwich, NR1 4JF
11-5 combined opening with 57 Ketts Hill adm £6 chd free. Home -made teas
An established well-planted walled garden in an historic part of Norwich, managed for all year-round interest. Plants for sale.
Lexham Hall, Litcham, PE32 2QJ
11-5 adm £7.50 chd free. Light refreshments.
Mature garden of variety and year-round interest, with walled garden. Rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias in woodland, set in parkland.
Warborough House, 2, Wells Road, Stiffkey, NR23 1QH
11-4 adm £6 chd free. Home-made teas.
7-acre garden on a steep chalk slope. Many different aspects, woods, wildflowers, formal planting, fun for children
Sunday 28th May
Blickling Lodge, Blickling, NR11 6PS
12-5 adm £6 chd free. Home-made teas.
17 acres of parkland inc. cricket pitch, mixed border, walled kitchen garden, yew garden, and a woodland/water garden.
Ferndale, 14 Poringland Road, Upper Stoke Holy Cross, NR14 8NL
11-5 adm £4 chd free. Light Refreshments.
⅓ acre packed with colour, and features seating areas, arches, flower borders, pond, vegetable plots & greenhouse
Open By Arrangement
Hoe Hall, Hall Road, Dereham, NR20 4BD
Book direct with owner https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/43423/hoe-hall Adm £7 chd free. Tea & cake option available on booking.
Spectacular white wisteria walk within walled garden, many old roses and a pool with water lilies.
Our gardens never stand still, and each year their busy owners try to bring something new. At Holme Hale Hall, Simon Broke reports “Last Autumn we took 200 years of silt out of our island pond, renewed the sluice and the water level has now returned. We have created two walkways for our visitors to enjoy: one around the island and the other round the outer edge of the pond.”
Before visiting a garden, we advise checking for any UpToDate information at our website for Norfolk NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME www.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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