Sizzling Summer Gardens on Show in Norfolk
The peak summer holiday season sees 13 private gardens opening their gates for the National Garden Scheme in Norfolk.
There is a wide range of styles to view, from the large and formal to the small and quirky; with plenty in store for the visitor and you don’t have to be a gardener to enjoy them.
Enjoy an unusual mid-week opening at Lexham Hall, PE32 2QJ near Litcham on Wednesday the 2nd August; the walled garden will be at its best with a superb vegetable and fruit garden.
Mill Farm, NR19 2LY a garden new to the NGS, opens in Wendling near Dereham on Sunday 6th August. The one acre garden divides into six contrasting areas with plenty of design and planting ideas demonstrated by its enthusiastic owner.
On the following Sunday 13th August Severals Grange, NR20 5BL at Wood Norton will be opening for the final time as the owners are retiring; this wonderful nursery together with Jane and Brenda’s expert knowledge will be greatly missed by plant lovers from near and far! Known also as Hoecroft Nursery the planting is a perfect example of how colour, shape and form can be created by the use of foliage plants, from large shrubs to small alpines. Movement and lightness is achieved by interspersing these plants with a wide range of ornamental grasses, at their best in late summer.
The superb formal and highly popular gardens at Oxnead Hall, NR10 5HP near Aylsham open on Sunday 20th August. Last year over a thousand visitors thronged to the 14 acres of gardens and given the demand to see this exceptional estate there will be an extended opening period from 11am to 5pm with much improved parking and entry arrangements.
On the same day and in complete contrast is Yeoman’s Cottage, NR17 1TU at Rockland All Saints. A charming thatched property owned by an artist, it is a fun garden for plant-lovers
On the late summer bank holiday weekend Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August Suil Na Mara, NR12 0LG at Bacton is a quarter acre garden set in a series of garden rooms full of unusual and quirky features with lush tropical planting.
All these gardens will serve delicious home-made teas and several will have plants for sale. Entrance for children is free.
These are just a few of the gardens opening in August. To view full details of all the gardens open for the National Garden Scheme in Norfolk visit our website, www.ngs.org.uk, download the app, or pick up the Norfolk Gardens to Visit booklet at your local library, tourist information centre and all good garden centres and nurseries.
- Since its foundation in 1927, The National Garden Scheme has donated over £50 million to its beneficiaries
- 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.
- Registered Charity 1112664
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