I love discovering little walled gardens. I think it takes me back to when I read The Secret Garden as a small child. I was fascinated with finding a little hidden gem all of my own.
The Plantation Gardens are in Norwich, just outside the ring-road, tucked in behind the Catholic and United Reform churches. To look at it, you wouldn’t think that they spread 3 acres and the peace and tranquility (at least before my noisy trio arrived) is so therapeutic in a bustling city.
The gardens were built and designed out of a chalk quarry in the 1800’s and although quite different from today, the design has remained similar. The Gothic fountain and Medieval walls were all designed by Henry Trevor however much of the beds, lawns and terraces were re-built after the second world war when the gardens were abandoned.
The gardens are being lovingly restored by The Plantation Garden Preservation Trust and they ask for an entrance donation.
Plantation gardens comprise of many different areas. The Gothic fountain takes pride of centre encircled by lush grass lawns and a plethora of flower beds. The Medieval wall and Italiante terrace, as well as the summer house, sit at the west of the gardens and overlook the beds and fountain. There are some lovely little woodland walkways around and above the gardens and a rustic wooden bridge joining the higher and lower areas.
Once upon a time there was a large glass palm house however this was dismantled in the ealry 1900’s and its whereabouts are unknown. In its place, now stand hexagonal shaped beds and pathways.
A little corner of paradise
It was never our intention to spend 3 hours here but somehow time just seemed to disappear. We explored the summer house and climbed the stone steps, we ran through the woodland and posed for photos on the bridge. The kids rustled and tumbled on the grass and then we smelled the flowers. At some point we had a small picnic and watched other people come and go throughout the afternoon. This really is a little corner of paradise inside a beautiful city.
I took so many photos, so we’ll sort them into categories!
The Medieval Wall
The woodland walk
We had such a lovely time here. We cannot thank the restoration committee enough! We wholly recommend it if you’re ever in the area.
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