England is home to many gardens, and the country celebrates the many gardens throughout the year with flower shows, garden tours and in the National Garden Scheme, private gardens can be open to the public.
Suffolk has lots of great gardens to visit, some which are part of the National Garden scheme and some gardens which are open to the public all summer. The spring and summer months are the best time to visit these gardens, as the flowers are in full bloom, the trees have blossomed and you can see the birds and bees that visit the gardens too.
Below are some gardens to visit in Suffolk this year, many of which are close to our holiday parks in Suffolk where there are many luxury holiday properties for sale, perfect for a second home on the coast.
Blakenham Woodland Garden
Open between March and July, this garden, just a short drive from Ipswich, is great for seeing bluebells in the wood. A small admission fee of £3 means you can explore the garden all day, and see the cornus, roses, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias as you wander through the stunning garden.
Helmingham Hall Gardens
Close to Stowmarket, this garden is open from early May to September in the afternoons every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Admission fees are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. During these months the gardens surrounding the Tudor Hall are bursting with colourful flowers. The hall also has a deer park where you can see red deer grazing.
Henstead Exotic Garden
Not far from the coast, the Henstead Exotic Garden is a relatively new garden in Suffolk, having only been developed in the last ten years. Home to large palms, bamboo, bananas, and many more exotic plants, the garden is open to the public every Wednesday from June 9.
East Bergholt Place Garden
In the south of Suffolk, the East Bergholt Place Garden has been looked after for many generations. The garden is beautiful in the spring months, when the spring flowers are in full bloom. As the seasons change, the trees and shrubs turn all different shades of green making the garden a tranquil place to visit. Open from March to September, with an admission on £3, the garden also has a plant centre where you can purchase seeds and get tips for your own gardening.
Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds
The gardens at the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds have international acclaim. Combined with a distinctive heritage background and floral excellence, this garden is definitely worth a visit. There is a lot to see, as a variety of features are at the Abbey, from sensory gardens and rose gardens to tennis courts and a play area for children.
There are lots of other gardens across Suffolk that are open to the public, but check ahead for opening times before you organise visits.
Photo by: David Dixon