We conclude our tour of Norfolk Gardens earlier in June this year and take a look at 3 more wonderful places which we visited.
The amazing moated Mannington Hall was sold to Horatio, first Lord Walpole in the middle of the 18th century. Horatio was the diplomat brother of Sir Robert Walpole, known as our first Prime Minister.
The Heritage Rose and Twentieth Century Rose Gardens have roses in areas with designs reflecting their date of origin from the fifteenth century to the present day and are best seen in mid June.
Wildflowers are encouraged around the recently landscaped Lakes, and in the 'Chapel Garden' where Victorian follies surround the ancient ruins of Mannington Church.
There is a good tearoom serving light lunches and teas and at tghis time dogs are allowed in the Gardens on leads.
Blickling Hall - National Trust
The garden at Blickling Hall has good all year round interest with extensive grounds and displays of daffodils in Spring, rhododendrons and azaleas in early summer, followed by Autumn Colours.
There is a Victorian parterre garden remodelled in the 1930s by Norah Lindsay, consisting of four herbaceous borders and yew topiary around a 17th century fountain. The garden also features a Doric Temple, orangery, formal wilderness garden with radial walks and Secret Garden. There is also a large lake and many attractive walks.
At the time of our visit work was taking place on the Walled Garden.
The fascinating Jacobean mansion is also open and is worth seeing with its 4 centuries of history and grand interiors.
Pensthorpe set amongst a series of lakes with an abundance of wildfowl has 4 main Gardens including the Millennium Garden at Pensthorpe Natural Park was designed by Piet Oudolf, the internationally acclaimed plantsman. His revolutionary style of naturalistic planting fits so perfectly into the landscape at Pensthorpe that it is difficult to see where the garden begins and ends. This garden is best visited from mid July onwards.
At the time of our visit there were beautiful displays of wild flowers.
The lakes are a great place for bird spotting with several hides.