148 Glo­ri­ous gar­dens

Daf­fodils, tulips, pe­onies and frit­il­lar­ies all sig­nal that spring has ar­rived. Here is a se­lec­tion of the gar­dens in Nor­folk open­ing their gates to share their won­der­ful dis­plays

EDP Norfolk - - Inside - De­tails of NGS gar­dens in Eng­land and Wales can be found at www.ngs.org.uk For de­tails of the SJAB gar­dens email georgiehol­[email protected]­mail.com or call 01328 700514

Some of the fan­tas­tic open gar­dens on show in Nor­folk this spring

THE FIRST spring week­ends of the year de­serve some­thing spe­cial, so why not get out­side and visit a beau­ti­ful Nor­folk gar­den?

The well-es­tab­lished char­ity the Na­tional Gar­den Scheme has a num­ber of gar­dens on dis­play; on Sun­day, April 2, Richard Hobbs at 16 Witt­ton Lane, Lit­tle Plum­stead, NR13 5DL, opens his tiny cor­nu­copia of a plot, packed with rare bulbs and many other un­usual spring flow­er­ing plants col­lected from around the world.

East Rus­ton Old Vicarage, NR12 9HN has a spe­cial open day for the NGS on Satur­day, April 22, and this renowned gar­den al­ways has lots of de­lights and sur­prises in its 32 acres of ad­ven­tur­ous ideas and stun­ning plant com­bi­na­tions. On Sun­day, April 23, The Old

House at Ran­worth, NR13 6HS, opens for the first time for the NGS in a lovely set­ting by Ran­worth In­ner Broad. There are linked and walled gar­dens, an ar­bore­tum and spec­tac­u­lar views of the broad. Lake House at Brun­dall, NR13 5LU ,and Plovers Hill, Strump­shaw, NR13 4NL, are open­ing to­gether on April 30 and May 1.

The NGS has two gar­dens on show for the Easter Sun­day and Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day. At Wretham Lodge in East Wretham, IP24 1RL you can wan­der through a meadow full of frit­il­lar­ies and seek out helle­bores and a multi-coloured dis­play of tulips in the walled gar­dens. Desert World Gar­dens near San­ton Down­ham, IP27 0TU spe­cialises in trop­i­cal and arid plants and has green­houses packed with fas­ci­nat­ing cu­riosi­ties.

Ad­di­tion­ally St John Am­bu­lance has or­gan­ised a pro­gramme of open gar­dens through spring and sum­mer.

On Sun­day, April 9, West Lodge, Rawl­in­son Lane, Ayl­sham, NR11 6HB, opens the gates; a late Ge­or­gian town house set in nine acres of splen­did grounds with lawns and trees, herba­ceous bor­ders and shrubs. Open 12 to 4.30pm (Please follow signs not sat­nav.)

Manor Farm, Cos­ton, Barn­ham Broom, NR9 4DT is a three acre coun­try gar­den set in un­spoilt coun­try­side which is open on Sun­day, April 23, from 12 to 5pm. There are sev­eral small gar­den rooms with both for­mal and in­for­mal plant­ing, a walled kitchen gar­den, white, grass and sum­mer gar­dens, roses, herba­ceous and shrub bor­ders. On Sun­day May 14, Open 12 to 5pm The

Old Rec­tory, Whisson­sett, Dere­ham, NR20 5TF, is open. The gaden has dif­fer­ent ar­eas to ex­plore, some di­vided by beech, yew and cloud pruned holly hedges. There is a walled gar­den with wa­ter fea­ture, bor­ders and box parterre, other mixed herba­ceous and shrub bor­ders with quince trees, climb­ing roses and clema­tis, or­na­men­tal pond, work­ing kitchen gar­den, or­chard with cen­tral cir­cu­lar horn­beam hedge,and a wood­land walk. The gar­dens at Stody Lodge, Mel­ton

Con­sta­ble, NR24 2EW, are well known for the sheer in­ten­sity of the plant­ing to­gether with the care­fully planned riot of colour on a grand scale – 14 acres in to­tal. The ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of rhodo­den­drons, aza­leas, mag­no­lias and camel­lias are all un­der­planted with spring bulbs and the four-acre Wa­ter Gar­dens, a short walk from the house, are con­sid­ered to have the largest plant­ing of

aza­lea mol­lis, around 2,000 plants, in the UK. The gar­dens are open on Mon­day, May 29, from 1pm to 5pm.

THE story of the mutiny of the Bounty is one of the most in­fa­mous, and ro­man­ti­cised, episodes in Bri­tish naval his­tory. The ship, of­fi­cially His Majesty’s Armed Ves­sel Bounty, was built in Hull in 1784 at the Blay­des ship­yard. It be­gan life as a col­lier but was com­mis­sioned into the Royal Navy in May, 1787, as a cut­ter, a small war­ship.

It was to be com­manded by Ply­mouth-born Lieu­tenant Wil­liam Bligh, an ex­pe­ri­enced naval of­fi­cer who served with Cap­tain Cook on his fi­nal voy­age (1776 – 1780) as a chief nav­i­ga­tor on HMS Res­o­lu­tion.

The voy­age set sail from Eng­land in 1787 on a mission to col­lect and trans­port breadfruit plants from Tahiti to the West Indies. While on a lay­over in Tahiti the crew were al­lowed shore leave and many formed re­la­tion­ships with the na­tive Poly­ne­sian women.

Dis­ci­pline de­te­ri­o­rated, as did the men’s re­gard for their cap­tain. Bligh set sail as soon as pos­si­ble and, in an at­tempt to re­store or­der to the ship, handed out harsh pun­ish­ments, which

Lake House

Wretham Lodge

The gar­den at Wit­ton Lane

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