Immerse yourself in the beauty of Norfolk's horticulture.
25 - 29 September 2016
£570 per person / £75 deposit per person / No single supplement
Travel insurance can be added for £12.50 per person
Entrance fee reductions: £17 for National Trust members; £11 for English Heritage members; £14 for RHS members (one-per-member basis)
Including visits to...
Eltham Palace is one of the few important medieval Royal Palaces in England to survive with substantial remains intact. Initially a moated Manor House with vast parkland, it was acquired by the future Edward II in 1305. Henry VIII was the last monarch to spend substantial amounts of money or time at Eltham and in the 16th century the palace was eclipsed by Greenwich Palace and declined rapidly. In the 1930s the Courtaulds built their private home adjoining the still intact Great Hall using top architects and interior designers. Keen horticulturalists, they created new gardens incorporating the palace remains, with lawns, mixed borders, a sunken rose garden, spring meadow, rock garden and woodland garden – today a rare example of 1930s design.
East Bergholt Place Garden
East Bergholt Place Garden is an RHS supporter with free access for members (one only) and is also known as “The Place for Plants”. This is a family-run specialist plant centre and garden in the beautiful Stour Valley and is often referred to as the Cornish Garden in Suffolk. This is a 20 acre woodland garden and arboretum laid out between 1900 and 1914 by Charles Eley and is now run by Rupert and Sara Eley with a plant centre listing of over 6,000 different plants, trees and shrubs.
Ickworth Rotunda and Garden
Ickworth Rotunda and Garden is our next port of call and this is a National Trust property which claims to be classical Italy brought to Suffolk. Close to Bury St Edmunds, this estate reflects the Hervey family’s passion for everything Italian. The Rotunda is a Neo-classical showcase, intended by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house treasures, indeed an extensive collection of silver contains the finest examples by Huguenot silversmiths. Family history is documented in portraits by artists such as Gainsborough and Reynolds, while in the basement, 1930s’ domestic service is portrayed through memories of former staff. The Italinate garden mirrors the house architecture, with box hedges and Mediterranean planting, while an extensive Victorian stumpery, planted with shade loving ferns, creates an air of mystery. There is a restaurant in the West Wing and an outdoor café in the Porter's Lodge with open air seating.
Columbine Hall was purchased by Hew Stevenson and Leslie Geddes-Brown in 1993 and they have been opening their garden since 1999 for the Yellow Book. George Carter’s formal garden and herb garden surround the moated medieval manor. Outside the moat, vistas, stream, ponds and a bog garden. A Mediterranean garden, colour themed vegetable garden, cutting garden, orchards and parkland. Constant work in progress.
Hoveton Hall Gardens
The beautiful Hoveton Hall estate covers 620 acres of parkland, gardens, woodland, arable and grazing agricultural land and a fine Regency Hall built between 1809and 182 of gault brick with a slate roof whose design is attributed to Humphrey Repton and his son. Repton was known as the last great English landscape designer of the 18th Century and often regarded as the successor to Capability Brown. Set in the Norfolk Broads area, the gardens offer an exceptional range of plants, design features, landscapes and inspiration throughout the season for garden and plant lovers. With lakes streams and wetland areas meandering through the estate together with a large wood, the gardens are also home to extensive bird life, both migratory and native species.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is an RHS partner garden but unfortunately no reductions for members in September. There are three miles of scenic pathways, rustic bridges over the waterways and wonderful reflections. It is a unique garden rich in wildlife with a mix of native and cultivated plantings and set within 130 acres of ancient woodland.
Gooderstone Water Gardens
Gooderstone Water Gardens – Billy Knights a retired farmer began designing and creating the water gardens in 1970 in his 70th year. The site was a damp meadow which became too wet for cattle to graze and his son jokingly suggested he should have a water garden, which prompted him to draw out plans on the back of a piece of wallpaper and soon he had machines digging out the ponds and waterways. He worked on this garden with love and enthusiasm until he died aged 93. As a tribute to her parents Coral Hoyos began restoration in April 2002 after the gardens had been closed for five years and now the six acre garden is fully restore and extended with well placed seats that allows visitors to enjoy enchanting vistas and the changing moods of the sky reflected I the clear spring water. There is a refurbished tea room with homemade cakes.
Gayton Hall near Kings Lynn the home of the Viscount & Viscountess Marsham . This rambling 20 acre water garden, with over 2 miles of paths, contains lawns, streams, bridges and woodland. In the traditional and waterside borders are primulas, astibes, hostas, lysichiton and gunneras. A variety of unusual trees and shrubs have been planted over the years. The garden features in the Yellow Book.
Houghton Hall – The 5 acre walled garden has been divided into themed areas and includes a mixed fruit and vegetable garden, 120 metre herbaceous border, rose garden, greenhouse, statues, fountains (Including Jeppe Hein’s Waterflame) and contemporary sculptures in the gardens and park. Intending visitors may wish to Google the amazing pictures of fire and water emerging from the same fountain and commissioned by the Marquess of Cholmondeley for Houghton Hall. This is an RHS partner garden but regrettably no savings for members. The Stable café offers a wide range of seasonally inspired hot and cold food in a self service format using ingredients from the estate and local suppliers wherever possible.
Pensthorpe Gardens featured on the front page of this programme and set in the heart of the Norfolk countryside is an award winning mix of meandering nature trails, beguiling woodland walks and a showcase for British wildlife and nature conservation. Enjoy the inspirational Millennium Garden recently redesigned and replanted by the gardens original designer Piet Oudolf and featured on BBC Gardeners World. The garden builds dramatically to its peak in August and then settles into a stunning new aspect with thousands of seed heads in Autumn. The Wave garden opened in 2006, has year-round structure and interest, with Luzula dipping under the crests of yew and meandering through the resident trees in this lakeside garden.
Anglesey Abbey Gardens
The Anglesey Abbey Gardens which is a National Trust property and a partner RHS garden which is free to RHS members (one only) and we intend to visit the gardens and working water mill as well as using the restaurant for a lunch break but we do not plan to visit the house. Particularly renowned for its display of dahlias in the autumn.
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