The Plantation Gardens in the centre of a city.

Plantation Gardens

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.

Different areas

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.


Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Sigma 50mm Art lens <- This is my favourite lens!!

I took so many photos, so we’ll sort them into categories!

Gothic Fountain

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The Gothic Fountain

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The Gothic fountain

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Our youngest daughter enjoying the fountain

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Our trio admiring the lily pads

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Water falling

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The Gothic fountain from one of the wooded walks


The Medieval Wall

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The medieval wall from the Gothic tower

The medieval wall from the laid lawns

Our duo of naughty monkies enjoying exploring the walls

The medieval wall from the wooded walk

The medieval wall, laid lawns and seated areas

Pathway leading to the wall

The Italianate

Decorative walls from The Italianate

View of the laid lawns and flower beds from The Italianate

View of the gardens from The Italianate

The Bridge

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Our trio of doufouses on the wooden bridge


The woodland walk

Always jump!!


The amount of bees was fantastic to see. Always be kind to BEES. We need them more than they need us!!

Purple Allium facing the Medieval wall.

Purple star-shaped flowers of the Allium christophii.

Japanese Iris

Pink Asters

Pink Asters

Purple flowers

Purple Allium

Other areas

Our youngest pickle matching the asta.

Our middle pickle.

Stone steps in the gardens

Our eldest. No longer a pickle.

Old stone window?

The girls

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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  • Cynthia GiblingOctober 22, 2016 - 7:43 am

    What a super piece on your visit. fab photos too. You are having some wonderful travels. I shall also enjoy looking at the rest of your pages.

  • EmmaOctober 22, 2016 - 11:25 am

    Thank you very much Cynthia for your kind words. The gardens are one of our favourite hidden gems in Norwich 🙂

  • Marjorie WilsonNovember 10, 2016 - 10:38 pm

    Loved your blog about our special garden in Norwich. As Head Gardener, who looks after the volunteers, it is very good to see and read of your adventures and so glad you enjoyed our beloved garden

  • EmmaNovember 17, 2016 - 8:47 am

    Hi Marjorie,

    Thank you so much for leaving me a message. We loved the gardens and are hoping to return in spring to see how much has changed. Emma