Janet Muter is the owner of Lake House at Brundall in Norfolk and for many years has opened her gardens for the National Gardens Scheme. Janet has just published a book which describes how she and her husband recovered these once renowned Norfolk gardens as an active retirement project!
Janet takes up the story “on a chilly March afternoon in 1994, I first saw, quite by accident, the overgrown remains of what had once been the famous Brundall gardens. By the next summer my husband and I had bought and later acquired three acres of the garden with its beautiful forest trees and water features. I was not young and planned to plant mainly small native trees,shrubs and bulbs,so keeping the area the wildlife haven that it had become.
Beneath the trees I grew easily maintained perennials, such as Japanese anemones hardy geraniums and hellebores. I uncovered rockeries and boggy areas creating further interest and added a waterfall and a fountain. For twenty five years we have opened the garden for the National Garden Scheme sharing it with thousands of visitors. The Rescue of a Garden tells how we did it.”
The book is now available from Amazon and Jarrolds in Norwich at £24.99 and you can also purchase direct from Janet at the Lake House open days on the 3rd and 4th May. £5 will be donated to the NGS charities from each copy sold.
Sun 3, Mon 4 May 2015
LAKE HOUSE, Brundall NR13 5LU.
Open (11-5). Adm £4, chd free. Combined adm with Plovers Hill £6
Home-made teas at Plovers Hill, Strumpshaw..
In the centre of Brundall Gardens, a series of ponds descends through a wooded valley to the shore of a lake. Steep paths wind through a variety of shrubs and flowers in season, which attract many kinds of rare birds, dragonflies and mammals. This is an historic water garden.
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