Raveningham Gardens Summer Sunday Openings

  • 11:00am
  • 01508 548480

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Raveningham Gardens Summer Sunday Openings

Raveningham Gardens has a series of special Summer Sunday openings this year. The gardens will be open every Sunday from July 16 to August 27, 11am to 4pm.

This is in addition to the main garden opening, Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm to August 31.

The Summer Sundays coincide with Raveningham’s Agapanthus Season. Richard Hobbs, one of the gardening experts on BBC Radio Norfolk’s Garden Party and Raveningham’s garden consultant, will lead Agapanthus Tours in the garden on Sunday, July 16 at 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm. Tours start from the tearoom courtyard and are included in the garden entry charge.

The agapanthus varieties are one of Priscilla Bacon’s legacies in the garden; she was a keen agapanthus breeder. See white, blue and dark purple flowers with different sizes and contrasting colours included striped blue and white.

Also enjoy the herbaceous borders, 18th century walled kitchen garden, Victorian glasshouses, orchard, arboretum, herb garden, contemporary sculptures, 14th century church and views across the lake established at the turn of the Millennium. Tea Room open serving soup, light refreshments, home made cakes and drinks.

Raveningham Gardens and the Park are protected by shelter belts of woodland. These create a kinder environment for the herbaceous and mixed borders, wildflower meadows and rolling lawns. The walled Victorian kitchen garden provides more shelter for fruit, vegetables and cut flowers such as sweet peas. The Gardens hark back to Edwardian plans with the planting enhanced in the 1960s by Priscilla, Lady Bacon. The current owner’s mother, she was an energetic plantswoman who collected many rare species from around the world transforming the Garden over 50 years. The walled kitchen garden was brought back to full working order in the last 20 years and is now producing fruit, vegetables and flowers for the House. There is a fine late 19th century Boulton and Paul range of glasshouses, stocked conservatory and melon pits, all in working order.

Garden entry is adults £5, concessions £4.50 and children under 16 free. The gardens (NR14 6NS) are 10 miles south east of Norwich, signposted off the A146 at Hales, then B1136, t. 01508 548480, www.raveningham.com