North Norfolk: The Plant Lover’s Day Out
North Norfolk is a gem of natural beauty and has become a haven for plant enthusiasts looking for a day out. The region boasts a diverse array of gardens, nurseries, and green spaces that cater to the green thumbs and nature lovers. And if you’re passionate about plants, then North Norfolk’s Plant Lover’s Day out is one experience you won’t want to miss.
East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens
Start your day with a visit to the renowned East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens. It’s a horticultural masterpiece that showcases the creative genius of its owners, Alan Gray and Graham Robeson. Spanning 32 acres, the gardens feature a wide variety of exotic and rare plants, beautifully arranged in themed borders. From the Mediterranean Garden to the Desert Wash, every corner of this botanical haven offers a feast for the eyes.
Norfolk Lavender Fields
For a more hands-on experience, make your way to the historic Norfolk Lavender fields. Here you can immerse yourself in the soothing fragrance of lavender as far as the eye can see. These stunning fields are renowned worldwide with nearly 100 acres of lavender set in exquisite gardens. And if you’re visiting with children, or you’re an animal lover, the Animal Gardens is a place not to be missed. Home to several species including meerkats, owls, peacocks, and a racoon dog, you can even get up close and personal with the wallabies and rabbits.
No plant lover’s day out in North Norfolk would be complete without a visit to Pensthorpe Natural Park. This award-winning attraction is a whopping 700 acres of stunning gardens and a species-rich nature reserve. Take a trail through wetlands and hedgerows, woodland and riverbanks, and farmland and water meadows. And there’s awesome activities for little nature lovers too. From an impressive outdoor eco-friendly play area to rope bridges and snaking slides inside the indoor play, there’s something for everyone.
On Saturday 18th May 2024, Creake Abbey’s much-loved annual Plant Lovers’ Day returns. This well-known horticultural event, now in its 17th year welcomes specialist garden nurseries from across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and Essex. Here you will find The Norfolk Olive Tree offering rare and old olive trees, companion plants, pots, and bespoke garden design service.
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