How Hill

The month of May sees a diverse range of gardens opening for the National Gardens Scheme in Norfolk. From landscaped gardens and spacious parkland to the small but feature packed there is something to suit all tastes.

Sunday 8th May 2011
Sallowfield Cottage Wymondham NR18 9NX open (11-5).
Has a large pond, lots of clematis, old roses, herbaceous plants and a wooded area. There are splendid views towards Wymondham Abbey

Sunday 15th May 2011
The Mowle Ludham NR29 5NP open (1.30-5.30)

Welcomes visitors to over 2 acres of gardens showing the National Collection of Gunnera, Japanese garden, pond, and a boardwalk into a wild area.

Thursday 19th May 2011
Hoveton Hall Gardens nr Wroxham NR12 8RJ open (10.30-5)

15-acre gardens and grounds taking you through the seasons. Featuring azaleas, rhododendrons and hydrangeas in woodland. Mature walled herbaceous garden, and redesigned walled kitchen garden. Tearooms open serving light lunches and afternoon tea. A new feature is a rare restored 19th century Iron Glasshouse.

Saturday 21st May and Sun 22nd May 2011
4 Mill Road Marlingford NR9 5H open (11-5)

This small peaceful garden has a modern interpretation of the classic garden, designed to draw your eye past the formality of the box-edged rooms and linking paths to the water meadows beyond. Colour-themed borders, Japanese garden, wisteria arch, pleached limes, fruit, vegetables and wildlife pond.

Sunday 22nd May 2011
Three gardens open their gates in the scenic Broads area of Norfolk.

West View East Ruston NR12 9JN open (12-5)

Opens for the first time and is a real feast for plant lovers including many perennials, vegetable parterre and a greenhouse filled with interesting plants. The owner, Bev Hewitt, has also produced a wide range of plants for sale on the day. This garden is combined with

The Old Rectory Ridlington NR28 9NZ open (12-5)

Has a two acre garden with mixed borders, raised vegetable beds and the traditional NGS homemade teas will be available. In addition there will be treasure hunt for children and Stalham brass band providing rousing entertainment!

Admission to the two gardens is £5 with all children under16 admitted free and represents really good value for a family day out.

How Hill Farm Ludham NR29 5PG open (1-5)

Reveals displays of azaleas and rhododendrons with many other plants to enjoy. There are vistas and views over the river Ant, Turf Fen Mill and Broad, so bring your camera for some great photos.

County Organiser Fiona Black said “ You can visit these three lovely broads gardens during the day. West View for a plantsman’s garden, How Hill with their wonderful views of the broads and marshes, and The Old Rectory for delicious teas, a brass band and children kept occupied with a treasure hunt. Entrance to all three gardens for a total of £8 and children under 16 are admitted free. It’s an absolute bargain and you will be supporting the National Gardens Scheme charities, which last year received over £2.6 million from garden owners”

Sunday 22nd, Monday 23 May 2011
Lexham Hall nr Litcham PE32 2QJ Open (11-5)

There is an extensive parkland with a lake and river walks.The formal garden has terraces, yew hedges, roses and mixed borders. The large traditional kitchen garden with an unusual crinkle crankle wall is always worth a view. The woodland garden has azaleas and rhododendrons looking at their best and many fine trees to see,

 Lexham Hall

Sunday 22nd May 2011

Sheringham Park Upper Sheringham NR26 8TL Open (8-8)

A fantastic 50 acre display of species rhododendron, azalea and magnolia. Also numerous specimen trees including a handkerchief tree. Viewing towers, waymarked walks, sea and parkland views. Special walkway and WCs for disabled.

The full details of all the gardens can be found in the Norfolk Gardens 2011 booklet which is available in Libraries, TICs, Garden Centres and local nurseries. Information is also available on 

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