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Franziska Harmann >>>

Date

06. - 11. Juli 2021 (6 Days)

Tour Cost

EUR 2.365,– per Person sharing Double Room at/from London Heathrow airport.

Single Supplement + EUR 360,–
Mind. 10 – max. 15 Guests
Deposit EUR 270,– per Person

Expiry Date

31. March 2021 / after upon request

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Gardens of Norfolk and East Anglia

The county of Norfolk, located in the south-east of England on the North Sea coast, is characterized by tranquility and seclusion, thatched brick and flint houses, round church towers, long sandy beaches, romantic coastal villages and, in addition to many private gardens, also by imposing mansions and their beautiful gardens. These gardens are considered a Mecca for topiary lovers

Norwich, the county capital with an important cathedral, is the best preserved medieval city in England.

The Norfolk Broads, a man-made national park and scenic nature reserve, is a network of rivers over 200 km.

On this trip we will visit the beautiful gardens of famous English garden architects, gardens, the mansions typical of Norfolk and the famous English rose grower ‘Peter Beales Rosen’ and his rosarium.

You will also have extensive opportunities to explore Norwich and some of the romantic coastal towns, including culinary highlights.

Fuller's Mill
Fuller's Mill Garden in Suffolk, on the River Lark, was laid out for over 50 years by owner Bernard Ticker and his wife Bess. It is characterized by a collection of extraordinary plants and beautiful trees. A garden that exudes calm through its play with light and shadow. When Bernard Ticker passed away in 2017, his widow bequeathed this garden to ‘Perennial’, a non-profit organization that has set itself the task of providing professional gardeners and their families in need with advice and financial support.

Corpusty Mill
A garden surrounding a water mill and on a river. Water plays the main role in this garden. Two brothers laid out this garden over the past 50 years, one was a marine biologist, the other a film producer specializing in art and architecture. The garden is architecturally thought out with Gothic elements, but also more modern areas. It is a world of its own, surrounded by walls and hedges. It is only accessible to groups and the garden owner will be available to answer any questions over a cup of tea.

Urban jungle café and nursery
An original and inspiring nursery with an attached Jungle Café, which has existed since 2001, specializing in exotic plants and cacti with many example plantings. In the café, where you feel like you are in an exotic place, you will find a large selection of beautiful indoor plants.

Norwich
The county capital of Norfolk. From the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was England's largest and most important city after London. Although it suffered from various so-called ‘Baedeker attacks’ during World War II, bombing attacks whose destinations were chosen based on their tourist characteristics, Norwich is still the best preserved medieval city in England. The city has been a member of the ’World League of Historical Cities’ since 2009.

Probably the most famous structure is Norwich Cathedral, which was built in the 11th century in just 40 years. We will have enough time to explore this remarkable city on our own.

Silverstone Farm
The private garden of the well-known English garden architect George Carter, which he laid out over the last 20 years, has appeared in numerous magazines and books. The 80-acre garden, which consists of a series of garden spaces separated by hedges, is inspired by formal gardening styles of the 17th and early 18th centuries, as were fashionable in England, Holland and Italy at the time many topiary trees and original architectural details.

Pensthorpe
Piet Oudolf's Millennium Garden is located within a large nature reserve. Piet Oudolf, the well-known Dutch garden designer, has created gardens and open spaces all over the world, including the New York Highline and the Piet Oudolf Garden in the Count's Park in Bad Driburg. His style is described as "New Naturalism". His choice of plants consists mainly of grasses and perennials.

In addition to the Millennium Garden, Pensthorpe also has the ’Wave Garden’, a reflection garden designed by Julie Toll, a multiple gold medalist at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Elsing Hall
The romantic garden of Elsing Hall, a medieval moated castle from the 15th century with an intact moat, is known for its multitude of old English roses that adorn the walls of the house, grow over the walls of the walled garden and in the flower beds and one in full bloom give off an almost overwhelming fragrance. The roses in the collection include the famous R. Mme. Alfred Carrier, Vita Sackville West's favorite R. Souvenir du Dr. Jamain, R. Fantin Latour, R. Cardinal de Richelieu, R. Rambling Rector, R. Ragosa Rosa de l'Hay and hundreds more.
The gardens and arboretum together amount to about 20 hectares, including a walled garden, a formal yew garden, a ginko avenue, a small park with a pinetum, viewing mound and perennial beds.

Holme Hale Hall
Holme Hale Hall is a Grade II listed privately owned house and has been in the same family for generations. It is best known for its outstanding walled vegetable garden with a wide variety of vegetables, fruit trees and berry bushes. A garden from which, as a passionate gardener, you can take many ideas home with you.

Arne Maynard was commissioned with the construction of the walled garden and the front garden in 2000 and the garden was redesigned by him in 2016. Arne Maynard is another horticultural architect who has won numerous Chelsea Flower Show gold medals.

250 trees were planted in the surrounding parkland.

Behind the garden there are a number of other interesting features, such as the carefully restored dovecote and the wrought iron bridge, from the early 19th century.

Peter Beales Roses
Besides David Austin, the most famous rose grower in England with a large show garden .. We get a practical demonstration from a rose expert over a cup of coffee and cake and are then professionally guided through the rosarium.

Ruston Old Vicarage
An extremely original garden, designed and laid out by a couple over the past 50 years without any help. Its proximity to the sea and the planting of protective hedges create a microclimate in which a variety of unusual plants grow, which are available in the associated nursery. A garden divided into themed gardens full of surprises!

Cromer
Cromer is a small coastal town on the north coast of Norfolk, famous for its ‘Cromer Crabs’, a special delicacy. Caught by hand for centuries and particularly tasty as the Cromer Sea is particularly rich in nutrients. The sea in Cromer is particularly rich in nutrients.

After a stroll through town we will have lunch here in a Michelin Star fish restaurant, Cromer No.1.

Felbrigg Hall
A 17th century manor house with a large walled garden with long herbaceous borders and an interesting tree population. The garden is a listed building. The house has remained unchanged since its inception and is open to visitors. It has been owned by the National Trust since 1969.

Ickworth House, Suffolk
Ickworth House is one of the most imposing mansions in the country. The 4th Earl of Bristol had the castle built in the 18th century. It took 30 years until the round building with large side wings was completed in 1803. He, like his successors, were avid art collectors. Paintings by famous painters such as Gainsborourgh, Hogarth, Velasquez, Titian and other European masters can be found on the walls of the castle. A tour gives you an interesting insight into the life of this family over several generations.

The garden consists of a walled vegetable garden, a 'stumpery', an arrangement of roots and trees planted mainly with ferns to create the illusion of an enchanted garden. The surrounding park is laid out in the Italian classic style and offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.

 

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Many of our guests have rebooked their trip to 2021 trips due to the corona-related cancellation. Thank you very much for that.
All guests who could not decide were refunded their payments within 2 days.

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