Parsonage House, photographs courtesy of Denny Swete ©

Parsonage House, photographs courtesy of Denny Swete ©

Parsonage House, photographs courtesy of Denny Swete ©

Floriston Hall, photographs courtesy of Denny Swete ©

Floriston Hall, photographs courtesy of Denny Swete ©

Floriston Hall, photographs courtesy of Denny Swete ©

Glorious Suffolk Gardens 14th June

 

This is your chance to get to know two wonderful gardens in the lovely county of Suffolk.                              

Our day begins with a visit to a quintessentially English country garden at Annie and Nigel Turner's Grade II* listed Tudor home, Parsonage House, Helions Bumpstead. Traditional in style, it features ancient, characterful yew topiary with borders that Annie has filled with an array of interesting and unusual plants. She has built up a particularly good collection of pelargoniums and tender plants in her productive greenhouse. Pleached crab apple trees, a gravel garden and potager compliment the adjoining wildflower meadow and wildlife-rich pond and Annie has also planted an orchard of over 100 distinctive East Anglian apple varieties.

From here, we will travel to nearby Floriston Hall, Wixoe, approached via a magnificent avenue of lime trees, where we will enjoy a seasonal two-course lunch with wine as guests of Dominic and Amanda Vail. Extensive renovation has been carried out here since 1997, working with royal architect Charles Morris, who has also worked on Parsonage House. New borders have been created and the garden now features an Italianesque courtyard with box hedges and olive trees to make an attractive outdoor living room. The original flint-walled garden is now home to a vegetable garden, old apple trees, a white garden and a long border by the pool, filled with dahlias, roses and vibrant planting.

We will start from Audley End station and transport between gardens is provided.

The day includes morning coffee, a delicious two-course lunch with wine and afternoon tea.

Price £125, Friends £95. 10.00 start.

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Photographs/Denny Swete ©


 
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