Norfolk Open Gardens August 2019
Tudor Lodgings, Castle Acre.

Norfolk Open Gardens August 2019

August is the month of summer and school holidays, and time to enjoy a perfect day out with the family by visiting some beautiful gardens and open spaces.  The majority of gardens that open for the National Garden Scheme in Norfolk are family friendly, and of course children go free.   There are eight beautiful gardens, including four in and around Norwich, which are awaiting your visit this month.

The Long Barn in Newton Flotman boasts a new haha this year creating infinity views across ancient parkland. The garden has strong Mediterranean influences throughout demonstrated by a walled group of four venerably gnarled olive trees. There are herbaceous borders, tiered lawns a woodland garden, and walks down to a stretch of the River Tas.

North Lodge, Bowthorpe -Road, Norwich
North Lodge, Bowthorpe, Road, Norwich.

North Lodge, Bowthorpe Road, Norwich, is a charming town garden surrounding a Victorian Gothic Cemetery Lodge. The quirky garden is home to a classical temple, Gothic conservatory, Chinese style veranda, oriental water garden and ponds. The planting in this fifth of an acre triangular plot is predominantly herbaceous with an interesting collection of carnivorous plants and succulents.

Norfolk Open Gardens August 2019
Brick Kiln House, Shotesham.

Brick Kiln House, Shotesham, is a two acre country garden with a large terrace, lawns and colourful herbaceous borders. There is an intimate rose garden, garden sculptures and a stream running through diversely planted woodland.

33 Waldemar Avenue, Hellesdon  is a large suburban garden with a mix of exotic and tropical plants combined with unusual perennials. A palm-thatched Tiki hut is an interesting feature and the pond is home to wildlife and rare plants. A large collection of succulents will be on show and there will be plants available to buy.

Highfield House, Castle Acre has evolved over 36 years, and was originally created from a farmers field. The ¾ acre garden is planted for year round interest with large herbaceous borders showing off late summer colour and a lawn sloping down to a planted bog garden, pond and summerhouse. This garden opens in conjunction with ….

Tudor Lodgings, Castle Acre is a two acre garden that incorporates Norman defensive earthworks. The garden has a C18 dovecote, abstract topiary, ornamental grasses, hot herbaceous border, and a knot garden designed in the style of a ‘Mondrian’ painting. Adjacent to a fruit cage and flower cutting garden is a natural wild area with a large pond and flower meadow and where bantams and ducks roam free. New this year is Richard the Rhea, who lives in the paddock.

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: and searching for Norfolk gardens. The booklet and website also highlight gardens that open by appointment.

Sun 4th August
The Long Barn, Flordon Road, Newton Flotman, Norwich, NR15 1QX
North Lodge, 51 Bowthorpe Road, Norwich, NR2 3TN

Sun 11th August  
Brick Kiln House, Priory Lane, Shotesham, Norwich, NR15 1UJ
Highfield House, Back Lane, Castle Acre, King’s Lynn, PE32 2AR
Tudor Lodgings, Castle Acre, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2AN

Sun 18th August
33 Waldemar Avenue, Hellesdon, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 6TB
Hoveton Hall Gardens, Hoveton Hall Estate, Hoveton, Norwich, NR12 8RJ

Sun 25th August
Bank House, Middle Drove, Marshland St James, Cambs, PE14 8JT

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