A Victorian Town Garden

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I had hoped to be better organised and to coincide this post with National Gardening Week when I decided to take time out of my busy week to visit one of the many lovely gardens here in East Anglia. It was to the city of Norwich that I headed and to the Plantation Garden, a restored Victorian town garden which is a haven of peace and tranquillity and the perfect place to escape the bustle of the city centre.

This idiosyncratic garden is not huge, comprising nearly three acres and features a Gothic fountain, ‘Medieval’ wall, an Italianate terrace, woodland walkways, a rustic bridge, lawns and, of course, flower beds. It was the tulips that I was most looking forward to seeing as at that time I was still eagerly awaiting their arrival in my own garden, but there were other surprises too like the sulphur yellow Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ and the bronze form of Fritallaria Crown Imperial which looked stunning against the backdrop of ruby red tulips.

There are some gardens that require a whole day to experience, however the Plantation Garden is small enough to wander around in half and hour and then to sit on one of the benches and enjoy the surroundings while taking a glimpse into a bygone age. It is managed by a team of volunteers and as until recently I had been a garden volunteer myself, I could appreciate the dedication and commitment. On Sunday afternoons during the summer months they even do tea and cakes!

Of course, at this time of year there are not just the spring flowers to admire but the spring-flowering trees too. The handsome Magnolia stellata with its star-shaped flowers looked spectacular against the blue sky and has been the highlight of the year for me, so far. If you are in Norwich this year I would highly recommend a visit to the Plantation Garden. The address is 4 Earlham Road, Norwich NR2 3DB.

Thanks for reading,